NEGROS FIRST! Good Governance
The Local Government Code of 1991 has provided local government units (LGUs) with wide latitudes for inter-local cooperation and for the pooling of resources to implement joint development programs and projects. This is being undertaken in the province in the areas of health and environment development, among others. We will support these alliance building efforts and probably expand it to cover other development undertakings wherever possible.
We will promote transparency and accountability in government transactions. Transparency requires that people are informed of the activities of its government, while accountability means the responsible use of power by government (to advance public trust) should go with accounting of their performance to the public.
An effective and efficient government can respond to the changing demands of development, promote equity and provide excellent quality service. This requires capacity-building programs to ensure that government personnel are equipped with administrative, managerial and technical capacity. They should also be able to adopt the operating perspective of the government that is focused on assistance and service. Government must be more of a facilitator and enabler and less of a regulator.
Departmental functions should be clearly delineated for a coordinated policy and program implementation and to avoid duplication and overlapping of programs, projects and activities. As much as possible, we will implement a convergent delivery of services, especially for countryside development, to avoid wasteful use of resources.
To provide wider avenue for people’s participation in the development process, LGUs, along with non-government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs), will be tapped as partners in the implementation of countryside development projects, with provision of funding counterparts.
There is also a wide array of international donor agencies with available funding for such projects as environment management, rural development and poverty alleviation that the provincial government needs to network with and tap.