THE Cebu Provincial Government and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) led a two-day DevTalks, a social development forum under Our Cebu Program, to promote inclusive growth for Cebu.
The event started yesterday and will end today at Cebu Grand Hotel.
Rafi chief operations officer Dominica Chua said DevTalks is a “convergence of development and empowered voices” that tackle relevant information, trends and innovations in community development.
It also promotes sharing of best practices among local government units (LGUs) and civil society.
Chua said Rafi is providing the technical assistance especially in coming up with score cards for the performance of LGUs.
One of the speakers was former finance secretary Jesus Estanislao, a Cebuano, who talked about performance-based governance system (PGS).
Estanislao, who is now with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, said anyone in the municipal government and at the Provincial Capitol has a role to play in improving basic services.
Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said in a press conference that the Provincial Government’s mission is to make Cebu an ideal place to live, to visit, and to do business.
Magpale said the score card system and the criteria are measurable, especially in the areas of cleanliness and sanitation.
However, Magpale said they have a problem with the entry of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the picture.
“I don’t have anything against DILG; in fact, I should be working with them. But there are now complaints coming from the mayors on why DILG gave them a seal of approval but they flunked in Our Cebu Program,” Magpale said.
Magpale said DILG is only depending on written reports from the mayors without field inspection. The Provincial Government conducts actual inspection, especially that it is giving prizes of P1 million, P750,000 and P500,000 for the first, second and third prizes, respectively.