Guimaras gov says consultative governance no longer requires pictures of politicians in project billboards

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

JORDAN, Guimaras, Nov. 10 – Guimaras Governor Felipe Hilan Nava has no opposition to the proposed “anti-epal” measure of Ilongga Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago but stressed that the public must know the name of the project, its target completion and cost.

“For me it’s a responsibility,” he said adding that the placement of politicians’ pictures in billboards of government projects is basically a political move.

Nava emphasized that if local leaders are consultative then right from the planning process the people are already informed of plans and what their government intends to do.

At the end he said that the public will know who is behind the project.

Senator Santiago authored Senate Bill No. 1967 or an “Act Prohibiting Public Officers from Claiming Credit through Signage Announcing a Public Works Project.”

The “anti-epal” measure was aimed at preventing politicians from putting their names and pictures in various government projects.

The bill wants a jail term between six months and one year to be meted out against violators or worse perpetual disqualification from public office. (PNA) LAP/ajp/PGLena/vlo

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