dec2.2011_c Participatory governance is the key to meaningful development – Belmonte

Description
DEC. 2, 2011 DATE NR # 2605C REF. NO. Participatory governance is the key to meaningful development – Belmonte Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. on Thursday stressed the vitality of government leading the sustained war against corruption and the pursuit of good governance as potent steps to meet the nation’s numerous external and internal challenges. “This is the role of government. In the fight against corruption and in the pursuit of good governance, it provides political leadership,” Belmonte

Please download to get full document.

View again

of 2
All materials on our website are shared by users. If you have any questions about copyright issues, please report us to resolve them. We are always happy to assist you.
Information
Category:

Documents

Publish on:

Views: 3 | Pages: 2

Extension: PDF | Download: 0

Share
Tags
Transcript
  DATEREF. NO. NR # 2605C DEC. 2, 2011 Participatory governance is the keyto meaningful development – Belmonte Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. on Thursday stressed the vitality of government leadingthe sustained war against corruption and the pursuit of good governance as potent steps to meetthe nation’s numerous external and internal challenges.“This is the role of government. In the fight against corruption and in the pursuit of goodgovernance, it provides political leadership,” Belmonte told a forum of members of thePhilippine Association for Government Budget Administration (PAGBA), Inc.Belmonte also put emphasis on “government and civil society working together towardsthe overarching goals of improving government credibility and promoting more effectivegovernance.”Among the distinguished guest at the forum were Usec. Mario Relampagos of theDepartment of Budget and Management, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and leaders of civil society as well as other government officials.Citing the continuing European credit crisis and the weakening of the US economy as theleading external challenges facing the country, Belmonte underscored the need for closer cooperation between government and the private sector.“Government sets the framework and rules in the context of growth, transparency andaccountability. Of course, it is certain that by its own efforts and resources alone, governmentcannot succeed,” the House leader said,He added that government must in all cases “promulgate the right policies and implementthe right programs” to improve government credibility and promote more effective governance.”Belmonte cited the necessity of the active participation of the civil society and the privatesector which “literally acts as an engine of growth, generating income and provides the resourcesand investments that government lacks.”Among other vital concerns, the civil society and the private sector play various rolesincluding those of catalyst, critic, watchdog and advocate, and providing vital goods and servicesthat the people need.Belmonte took the opportunity to mention a host of civil society organizations which work hand-in-hand with government to promote meaningful reforms. They include: the Transparencyand Accountability Network; Procurement Watch; and Government Watch.Citing the value of participatory governance, Belmonte noted the active engagement of thevarious civil society organizations during the preparation of the just approved 2012 national  DATEREF. NO. NR # 2605C DEC. 2, 2011  budget.“What does this signify? We in government recognize the value of participatorygovernance. We welcome the greater participation of our citizens in decision-making and other  processes. Our people should not only be treated as beneficiaries of development. They should be treated as agents of development,” Belmonte stressed.Mindful of the very vital role of civil society in improving government credibility,accountability and transparency, Belmonte cited several proposed democracy-enhancingmeasures which would assure their increased involvement in State affairs.At least three bills were mentioned to stress the need to institutionalize CSO participationin governance:1) HB 3773 –an Act institutionalizing the participation of bona fide civil societyorganizations in budget hearings and deliberations in Congress, in national government agenciesand local government units;2) HB 4225 – an Act strengthening the participation of CSOs in the formulation of national, regional and local development plans; and3) HB 4962 – an Act strengthening CSO participation in community development throughthe institutionalization of “one village one product”-based programs of the government.“Apart from these, we have in the pipeline other measures on improving governance, particularly in the areas of reducing corruption, improving government efficiency andeffectiveness, and increasing transparency and accountability in public sector institutions,”Belmonte assured.Examples of the said bills are those Amending the anti-Money Laundering Law, Freedomof Information Bill, the Whistleblowers’ Act, and the Witness Protection and Security Act,Belmonte said.In closing, the House leader said the rapid increase in the number of civil societyorganizations will certainly strengthen the existing check and balance of government or formalstructures and powers.“Governance is now found at the union of the state, the private sector and civil society,”Belmonte concluded. (30)   dpt 
Related Search
Similar documents
View more...
We Need Your Support
Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in our free products and services. We are nonprofit website to share and download documents. To the running of this website, we need your help to support us.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

No, Thanks