Mayor Climaco cites communication collaboration for successful governance PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 October 2015 12:52

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

Mayor Beng Climaco on Friday, October 16, underscored the need for intelligent information, feedback, and communication between the local government and its constituents to successfully take on and resolve the issues and challenges being faced by the City.

Speaking to local leaders and stakeholders at the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) Utilization Conference spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and the Local Government (DILG) with the City Government of Zamboanga and the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), the chief executive advocated for a collaborative process that highlights citizen participation and feedback to aid governance.

“We want a collective and collaborative process. We realized the participation of civil societies this year, taking a more active involvement not only in budget identification, budget evaluation but most importantly, their voices must be included in the budget we prepare,” said Climaco.

As a sign of her commitment to stakeholder empowerment, Climaco joined conference participants in signing the pledge of commitment to express her support for the Citizen-driven Priority Action Plan (CPAP) as a way to address issues and concerns, gaps and challenges with the aim of improving local government service delivery.

Additionally, in line with her priority thrusts on Security, Health, and Education, Climaco likewise enumerated the initiatives undertaken by the local government to ensure a responsive and dynamic emergency response system for its residents.

She highlighted the approximately P 107 M that the local government has put in to strengthen the City’s response system and to ensure the preparedness and competencies of emergency responders, especially the barangays who serve as front-line responders.

This, she said, is to “make sure the police give accurate response” to the needs of the residents in any and every situation.

The CSIS is a set of data tools designed to collect and generate relevant citizens’ feedback on local governments’ service delivery performance and on the citizens’ general satisfaction. It aims to gather citizens’ perspectives or views on the reach and quality of basic public services, and to provide an information handle for citizens and the civil society to allow an informed engagement in the workings of a local government.

Present during the conference were DILG IX Regional Director Paisal Abutazil, DILG City Director Moh. Taha Arakama, Russell Castaneda of the DILG Central Office, Dr. Aurora Gonzales of the ADZU – CLG, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde with local officials and representatives from the barangays. — Jasmine Mohammadsali

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