After ELA training, setting: Officials sign “One ZC” pact PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:52

City government officials led by Mayor Beng Climaco, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and members of the City Council signed a Social Contract for One Zamboanga City during the recently concluded 3-day intensive training to craft the City’s executive-legislative agenda.

The Social Contract is the initial output of the ELA Training that provides the framework for the city’s roadmap of development in the next 3 years. The agenda setting activity is mandated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for all local government units to accomplish within 100 days. The training was held in Tagaytay City and facilitated by the Development Academy of the Philippines.

The social contract acknowledges the need to address the urgent development and governance challenges of the City through the collective and collaborative efforts of its leaders and the full participation of the citizenry.

The signed covenant affirms the commitment of the participants to continue the process of completing the Executive and Legislative Agenda (ELA) and other equally important initiatives and plans to bring Zamboanga City to a progressive state.

Furthermore, the covenant highlights the desire of all City officials to transcend personal, political and ideological interests and come out as one, united, transparent and constituency-driven government.

The training is a Certificate Course in Strategic Management in Local Governance bringing in key resource persons to discuss topics on Bridging Leadership, Challenges of Governance and Development and ELA formulation.

During the training, Mayor Climaco laid down her priority programs of her SHE (Security, Health, Education) Vision for Zamboanga City which members of the City Council assured her of their support through the passage of appropriate legislative measures and policies.   The City’s state of local governance, fiscal management, revenue collection and health situation were also discussed by concerned departments of the LGU.

Highlights of the discussion include a review by CPDO Head Engr. Rodrigo Sicat of the City’s Local Governance Performance Management System which is a self-assessment and web-based development management tool for LGUs in the delivery of essential public services. The finance committee composed of City Treasurer Soledad Li, City Budget Officer Virginia Gara and City Accountant Sylvia Binarao, also presented the City’s financial position and revenue collection situation.

To further improve the City’s fiscal position, the finance committee emphasized the need for intensified revenue collections. City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos also presented the different programs and measures of the department to improve local health situation. — City Hall PR