Good housekeepinag award

LOCAL chief executives across the country  now girding for the 2013 mid-term elections are  suddenly in “hot pursuit”  of the “Good House-keeping Award” recently invented/implemented by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

This award acknowledges Local Government Units practices promotive of, among others,  TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY.

In the award’s format, a winning LGU becomes recipient of a P20 million cash prize, in addition to a FORTH-RIGHT SEAL to be awarded by the DILG  Secretary in appropriate ceremonies.

Obviously, the P20 million cash incentive is a pleasant, if unexpected, increment to the recipient-local chief executive’s campaign fund for the next electoral derby.

And so is the forth-right seal, which carries the presumption that the recipient LGU has managed its day-to-day governance chores CLEAN,  or in the “Tuwid na Daan” manner President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has envisioned governance to be.

Since the composition of the award jurors, as well as the criteria for inclusion and winning,  appear to be unknown/loosely determined, reports are rife that not a few LCEs have begun forming ad hoc teams to ‘work on’ probable award jurors and officials deemed to be “close” to DILG provincial and regional bosses, and those over there at  Francisco Gold II Condominium along Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue and Cubao in Quezon City.

Sec. Robredo should guard against the wily tactics of overly enterprising and graft-scarred local chief executives who will stop at nothing  just to secure the DILG’s prestigious Good Housekeeping Award.

It, surely, would be stripped of its essence/meaning if local shen-a-nigans, thru sheer “creativity’, are permitted to win the same. (TO BE CONTINUED)


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