Disclosing financial deals

ANYONE from the local chief executives to dare accept the call of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to divulge the financial transactions of his/her administration that of course involve the taxpayers’ hard-earned money?

Since the DILG chief broached the idea to push for the full implementation of the government-initiated Full Disclosure Policy (FDP), no single local elective official has come out to embrace it for others to emulate.

None so far, if there’s any better make yourself in and let your colleagues follow suit.

Unless they’re hiding irregularities in their financial dealings, these local executives should lead the good examples by showing to their constituents what genuine transparency is all about.

With FDP in motion at the local government units (LGUs), they’re expectedly to get high grades from their people who wouldn’t cast any doubt that they are into anomalous activities involving public funds.

And with that, as the good secretary was saying, local officials would have the great chance to improve their personal credibility and the delivery of government services.

Anchored on the principle under the 1987 Constitution that guarantees the people’s right to information, FDP is also based on the Local Government Code, the 2010 General Appropriations Act and issuances by the Commission on Audit.

The policy requires the LGUs to post their budget and finances on their websites, print media, and conspicuous places in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Secretary Robredo says FDP compliance can enable an LGU to acquire a Seal of Good Housekeeping, which is a ticket for them to be given grants worth P1 million or more under the DILG’s Performance Chal-lenge Fund that has a P500 million annual budget.

The DILG chief to the incumbent local chief executives: “This FDP will serve you well.

Being trans-parent and accountable officials will enable you to muster your constituents’ support and getting the votes later.”

But then, anyone? Still The Best Leader I Know

I immensely sympathize with ex-National Press Club president Benny Antiporda, who heads the Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag (AFIMA) not because he’s my kumpadre being my one and only daughter Levienne’s godfather.

For I have known him for years since the typewriter era at the time, just like me, was using ‘tuldok system’ to write his article at the Camanava Press office.

Anyway, it’s no secret as he’s even bragging as to how he started before he reaches the zenith of success of having luxurious life, real friends and clout.

Pareng Benny would not worry for he doesn’t have the monopoly of being nastily attacked and ridiculed in spite of devoting time to revive the then collapsing National Press Club which is now truly an organization for journalists especially the not-so privileged media people.

Being the current Camanava Press president, I get the same undeserving beating from few members who always thought of themselves as saints that were righteous and I as devil who never knew virtues.

But where are they now, they were simply left in oblivion. I still pray for them just the same.

One may notice that I didn’t touch the main issue of which my Kumpadre’s name was embroiled in.

To me, there’s nothing to talk about, besides, there are more who believe in him.

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