The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised media agencies to inform the public about the developmental impact of government projects, especially among the poor.
DILG 8-Eastern Visayas Director Artemio Caneja said it would be best for media to give more attention to government’s developmental pursuit especially in provinces.
The department took members of the media on a tour of Northern Samar projects sponsored by DILG-8 in Tacloban City on August 30.
“We had a realization in the DILG to include media in the information dissemination about government-funded projects. This is the reason why we are bringing you to the sites for you to see it with your own eyes,” Caneja told the reporters.
“This will also let contractors do their job properly. Not by putting pressure on contractors, but to let them know that many are observing them,” he added.
Then-DILG regional director, now Undersecretary Maribel Sacendoncillo started with media and civil society organizations through a tour of the projects to observe how they are carried out, find out the challenges they face in implementation, and talk with beneficiaries on how these projects affected their lives.
Caneja said that during the media tour, the press and civil society organizations could easily clarify whatever inconsistencies in the implemented projects they might find—and such observations would be beneficial as those involved in the implementation would be present during the project site visit.
“This can also be used to curtail corruption because the more people know, the [easier it is] for DILG to get info,” he said. Caneja reiterated that for their part, they “have to take action on this complaint on corruption.”
“If there is a problem, we can solve it by talking and discussing it to find a way of addressing the concern. The main goal is to share information about the project implementation with funding from DILG, and this is one way to strengthen awareness on government projects. This is a form of information sharing,” he added.
The DILG executive also requested members of the media to become advocates of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
“Talk with your local officials and tell them to do their job so that they pass the SGLG,” he said.
The SGLG originated from the Seal of Good Housekeeping, which is the department’s response to the clamor of the people for integrity and performance in public service.
It has been a coveted recognition which challenges local government units (LGUs) to practice good governance while providing better public services.
The SGLG awardees are given a share at the Performance Challenge Fund, a multimillion-peso incentive for local development projects. (with reports from PNA)