DILG promotes volunteerism to battle corruption-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
“THE key ingredient to complete development and battle corruption is to ignite volunteerism among civil societies and individuals,” said assistant regional director Nilo Castañares of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Castañares said the government is everyone’s concern.
“With the help of civil societies we can also prevent corruption in the barangay level,” said Castañares.
He added that specific non-government organizations (NGO) and civil society organizations (CSO) are tasked to become third-party monitoring agents to check the development of each barangay.
“The national office will tap specific organizations to see if the barangay officials are following the full disclosure policy,” he said referring to the funds of the barangays.
Castañares said the CSOs will also probe about the transactions done by the local government units (LGUs) and will check their financial statements.
Educating the people
Castañares said educating the people about the dynamics of the barangay governments would help prevent corruption.
“Pangitaon nila ang funds pag-abot sa ilang community (They will seek for the funds when they go back to their respective communities),” said Castañares while discussing the various sources of funds and their proposed allocations in the barangay level.
Council president of the College of Arts and Sciences in Xavier University Roxanne Lopez needs to know more in order to get involved in the community.
She said the education campaign by the DILG taught her about the dynamics inside the barangay especially the appropriation of funds.
Evie Manoc, one of the staffs of Youth with a Mission (YWAM) said they were invited by the DILG representing the CSOs so they can be aware of their roles in the community.
“This will also help us establish a partnership with the LGUs to improve our communities,” said Manoc.
Lopez said, “The involvement of the citizen or volunteerism is the bedrock of democracy.”
She said the community should participate in shaping development for its own good.
“Active participation of the youth, like me, is very important because we comprise a big number of our population,” she added pointing out that the youth can help in making the society better.
Castañares, on the other hand, believes that volunteerism will also help the LGU save funds during scarcity.
”Kung kulang ang budget, volunteerism ang tubag para dili daku ang pundo nga kailangan (If the budget is insufficient, volunteerism is the answer so we won’t need bigger funds),” he added citing examples like the Oro Alert and other volunteer organizations in Northern Mindanao.
Menoc said it is possible for YWAM to share resources with the LGUs to advance the people’s interests.
On Thursday, the DILG commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the Local Government Code with a theme “Pakikilahok sa Pamamahala ng Barangay” which was participated by around 170 participants coming from CSOs and college school governments or councils.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 11, 2013.