THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged the local government units (LGUs) Thursday, May 16, to ensure a smooth and orderly transition of powers and responsibilities to the newly elected officials of the just-concluded midterm polls.
“We thank the Filipino people for exercising their right to vote and congratulate the newly elected officials for their victory. Now is the time to rise above party politics and interests and prepare for a smooth turnover of powers in LGUs to ensure continuity in local governance,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said.
Año said candidates should be a good sport and let go of political grudges and bitterness for the sake of the people whom they have sworn to serve.
“The Filipino people have spoken and now is the time to move on. A greater agenda awaits and that is the task of nation building. Kaya magkaisa na tayong lahat at magtulong-tulong para sa kapakanan ng ating mga lokalidad,” he said.
The DILG earlier ordered the creation of local governance transition teams for the conduct of an inventory of LGU properties, securing of all official documents and records of LGU transactions and briefing on the key challenges for the incoming set of officials for a seamless leadership and management transition.
But Año assured that the DILG is ready to train the newly elected and reelected local officials through its Newly-Elected Officials program to prepare them for their duties and responsibilities and define their development roadmaps.
“We assure you of the DILG’s guidance and assistance to help the new local officials who have been given a fresh mandate by the people become good local government managers,” he said. (SunStar Philippines)