CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III wants to convince the Provincial Board to approve an ordinance institutionalizing the purok system in the province.
Davide made the announcement during the “Purok Talks” conference organized by the Mega Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) yesterday.
The Purok Talks serves as a venue for local government units in Metro Cebu to collaborate and share their best practices on how to organize their puroks to become centers of participatory governance so they can contribute to local development.
Officials of the MCDCB are already assisting towns and cities in Metro Cebu in putting up their own purok systems.
Evelyn Nacario-Castro of MCDCB said they have organized 2,553 out of 3,000 puroks in 13 cities and towns in Metro Cebu.
Davide told reporters that he wants Cebu to follow Bohol, which established purok systems in every municipality.
Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, who served as the keynote speaker during the conference, said their purok system was initially introduced by the Department of Health to address health concerns in the grassroots level.
But instead of focusing on health only, Chatto used the system to address other matters such as participatory governance, delivery of basic services, maintaining peace and order, and disaster preparedness.
Chatto then pushed for the institutionalization of the purok system through a provincial ordinance.
Chatto said the system helped in the neutralization of alleged Abu Sayyaf members who attempted to invade Bohol earlier this year. (JKV)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on October 05, 2017.
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