Good governance must be practiced by all officials – Ombudsman

MANGALDAN, Pangasinan, Oct 18 (PIA) — A seminar on good governance for barangay officials was conducted today in Mangaldan town led by the Office of the Ombudsman for Luzon.

Atty. Racquel Cunanan-Marayag, officer- in- charge of the Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention Office (PACPO) in Luzon, said the seminar is the first of a series in north Luzon.

The program aims to refresh barangay and municipal officials, whether elective or appointive, of the principles of good governance which includes public accountability, transparency and integrity.

“This aims to refresh the officials on the principles of good governance and walk-them through on the new laws of the land because they are the leaders of in the grassroots level,” Marayag said.

The program is based on a memorandum signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales in November 2011 for all ombudsmen to roll-out the seminars. It is also anchored on the framework of the Philippine Development Plan on good governance, she added.

There were 45 barangay officials representing the 30 barangays of Mangaldan, including municipal officials, who attended the on-day seminar.

Mayor Herminio Romero, for his part, was elated as his town was chosen as the pilot area for the activity to remind the officials of their duties to the public.

Among the topics discussed in the seminar were about the fundamentals of good governance, public services, environmental protection, procurement, budget and common problems encountered by barangay officials in the course of their performance of official duties.(ANL/VHS PIA-Pangasinan)

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