Sec. Robredo lauds Celso for promoting good governance PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:12

Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo yesterday commended Mayor Celso Lobregat for being a partner of the DILG and the national government in promoting good governance, as he explained the basis of conferring the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award to City Government of Zamboanga.

Sec. Robredo together with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles graced the turnover of 60 computer units by the city government to the Department of Education (DEPED) yesterday morning in City Hall.

The 60 computers, with complete peripherals, were funded by the city government’s prize money of P2 million which it received when it was adjudged as the regional winner in the Pamana ng Lahi Award for excellence in governance in October last year.

“The Pamana ng Lahi Award is really a contest among LGUs and in this region Zamboanga City was chosen as the recipient of the award,” he said, stressing “it speaks of both the seal of  housekeeping and performance, the assessment is that by the standard of other LGUs (local government units), Zamboanga City is far better”.

For a long time, he stressed allocation and prioritization of money was simply need driven and that transparency in expenditures was not consistently practiced. However, when President Aquino took over, he said, the national government introduced various instruments—one of which is the seal of good housekeeping wherein LGUs are required to practice full disclosure as required under the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

“We introduced the seal of good housekeeping and all this really is a testimony that Zamboanga City has complied with the basic requirements of good governance”, Sec. Robredo affirmed in his message during the turnover of the computers witnessed also by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, members of the City Council, ARMM Vice Governor Bainon Karon, Presidential Assistant on Muslim Affairs Yasmin Busran-Lao, Tawi-tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali, Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, Mamintal Adiong Jr. and several others.

From Sec. Robredo and DILG Regional Director Paizal Abutazil, the computers were turned over to Mayor Lobregat and finally to the DEPED through City Schools OIC-Superintendent Pedro Natividad.

Recipient public schools are Labuan Central School, Talon-talon Elementary School, Talisayan Elementary School, Curuan Central School, Ayala Central School, Maasin Elementary School, Zamboanga East Central School and the national high schools located in Ayala, Sangali, Recodo, Talon-talon and Culianan.

Associated with the DILG-initiated Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award is the P2 million cash prize which the winning LGU should use in the implementation of local development projects in line with the priorities of the national government on the Millennium Development Goals.

The provision of the computer units to public schools is in line with the goal of increasing the passing rate in the National Achievement Test (NAT) as well as increasing computer literacy. Specifically, the project will address the gaps in achieving primary education and aims to address Goal 2 of the MDG as it will increase the net enrolment ratio in primary education and boost the proportion of pupils and or students who finished schooling by stimulating interest on basic computer learning.

The project likewise hopes to supplement teaching strategies and enhance efficiency in teaching to achieve better literacy rates.

Mayor Lobregat said the donation and turnover of computers form part of the city government’s continuing thrust to assist and support the education sector.

Highlight of the ceremony was the signing of the deed of donation between eh city government and DepEd. The document details the roles and functions of both agencies in the implementation of the project.

Local legislators present during the activity, held at the City Hall lobby were Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Lilia Nuno, Rudy Lim, Abdurahman Nuno, Eddie Saavedra, Percival Ramos, Rogelio Valesco Jr. and VP Elago.

Secretaries Robredo and Deles were in the city yesterday on their way to Basilan Province to witness the signing of a peace agreement between two warring families in Basilan. — Sheila Covarrubias