Palace supports ban on officials' name, images on government projects

August 12, 2010 7:38 am 

MANILA, Aug. 11 — Like the no "wang-wang" policy initiated by President Benigno S. Aquino III, Malacanang today expressed hope that government officials will refrain from using the Chief Executive's name or images in government projects.

"We hope that this would be another example where by the President's own initiative, officials will also follow through, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing today.

Lacierda said the President, in trying to lead by example, initiated the no "Wang Wang" (siren) policy on the road upon his assumption in office, to show that it is not him but the people, who are the real boss.

He said that it is better for government projects to be highlighted as beneficial to the country.

Lacierda asked the private sector to cooperate with the President's initiative, citing as an example the big billboard with the picture of the President erected near Shangri-La mall in Mandaluyong city, which, he said, should not be encouraged.

In line with the President's memo to cabinet secretaries to refrain from using his name or his photograph on project site billboards, Secretary Rogelio Singson issued yesterday department order (DO) 37, banning the placement of names and pictures of politicians on government projects.

According to the order, project billboards should only contain the name and location of the project, name of the contractor, the date the project started, contract completion date, contract cost, construction consultant, implementing office of the DPWH, and source of fund.

Lacierda also said that the government, in principle, supports the bill filed by Senator Francis Escudero which prohibits the naming of government projects after officials. (PNA)



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