GenSan dads seek creation of monitoring body for national government-funded projects

December 1, 2015 11:29 am 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Dec. 1 — City officials are pushing for the creation of a special body that will regularly monitor and assess the implementation of national government-funded programs and projects in the area.

The city council is specifically working on the passage of a proposed ordinance that will facilitate the creation of a multisectoral project management and monitoring team, which will be led by the city government.

City Councilor Rosalita Nunez, author of the proposed measure, said Tuesday the move is mainly aimed to ensure the proper implementation of the national government’s development initiatives in the city.

She said the monitoring team will be tasked to evaluate the implementation of different development programs, projects, and activities in the city based on their approved development plans.

“As a frontline institution tasked respond to the increasing service delivery requirements of its constituents, the city government has the responsibility to make sure that government projects and programs are implemented in transparent and orderly manner,” she said.

The city government is a recipient of various high-impact government project, among them the PHP1.135 billion city circumferential road and the PHP959 million city airport development project.

Nunez said civil society and governments around the world have made significant advances in increasing transparency at both local and national levels but “there is still a need for greater and more meaningful participation and accountability, particularly when it comes to how public resources are allocated.

“Based on the principles of transparent, effective and accountable governance, citizens should have access to crucial information about how government operates, establishes priorities and makes decisions on how projects and programs are being implemented,” she said.

Under the proposed ordinance, the city mayor or his official representative will act as chair of the monitoring team while the head of the city council’s committee on infrastructure will be its vice chair.

Its members will be composed of officials and representatives from the national government agency initiating the project, City Engineer’s Office, City Planning and Development Office, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and the religious sector.

The city’s Office of the Building Official will serve as project monitoring team’s secretariat.

“The team shall meet monthly or as often as necessary,” it said.

Nunez said the team is mandated to ensure that the projects and programs being implemented would completed as planned and delivered on time.

She said it will report its findings or results of its evaluation as well as recommendations to the city mayor and other concerned stakeholders and agencies.

“It may also hold seminars or workshops in relation to policy-making,” she added.(PNA)

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