Bill mandates LGUs to disclose public expenditures

QUEZON CITY Rep. Winston Castelo has filed a bill mandating local government executives to make full public disclosure of their transactions and expenditures.

Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) said House Bill 6499 provides that the items of expenditures and disbursements should be posted in various effective ways such as but not limited to websites, newspapers, and other publicly accessible and conspicuous places to demonstrate public accountability and transparency in the use of public funds.

Covered by the bill are governors, city and municipal mayors, treasurers, accountants, budget officers and other fund officers involved in the utilization of public funds to disclose a summary of all incomes and revenues from both public and private sources, as well as a listing of all their disbursements, expenditures and utilization of funds for the entire year.

“Public trust is the basic ingredient in the government’s menu of transparency, accountability and good governance. This will serve public notice how timely and prompt disclosure will effectively plug possible holes of graft and corruption in the local bureaucracy level,” Castelo said.

The bill, to be known as the “Local Government Transactions Disclosure Act of 2012,” seeks to amend Section 352 of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Units Code of 1991.

Under the bill, the Annual Budget, Quarterly Statement of Cash Flows, Statement of Receipts and Expenditures, Trust Fund (PDAF) Utilization, 20% Component of the IRA Utilization, Gender and Development Fund Utilization, Statement of Debt Service, Annual Procurement Plan or Procurement List, Items to Bid, Bid Result on Civil Works, Goods and Services, and Abstract of Bids Calculated are included in the list of items to be disclose to the public.

The fiscal items in accordance with the forms, procedures, and schedules prescribed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), as well as those that may be jointly issued with the Commission on Audit (CoA) and other cognizant agencies, should be disclosed and posted in public places, aside from posting in website or publication in newspapers.

The bill mandates the DBM in collaboration with COA to issue rules and regulations, promulgations and guidelines for the effective implementation of the proposed act.

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