Capitol pursues corruption-free program

The Province of Cebu was selected as one of the pilot provinces for the Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs last January 2014. Under the collaborative leadership of Governor Hilario P. Davide III, the province was recognized for its epitome of integrity as it pursues its commitment to a clean and transparent government.

The Capitol department and office heads recently underwent a two-day training on “The Role and Contributions of the Local Government Units (LGU) Functionaries of the Pilot Area of Cebu Province in Partnership for Integrity and Jobs (Project I4J)”.

Project I4J is a three-year program to bring together local government units and the private sector to cooperate for integrity and a transparent, effective and efficient small business registration and promotion procedures.

Cebu was among the three pilot provinces for the implementation of Germany’s Kondrad-Adenauer-Stiftung project. The town of Tuburan was also selected among the three pilot municipalities for its implementation.

The project, in its pilot phase, enjoins the local local government units to be the key players in creating models of transparent, effective business processes. Streamlining business processes shall lead to increase in number of investments and businesses, which translate to job generation.

Project I4J is co-funded by European Union. A consortium of Kondrad Adenauer, European Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Centrist Democracy Political Institute, the League of Cities of the Philippines, (LCP), the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, and the League of Provinces of the Philippines are implementers of the project.

The project focuses on poverty reduction through integrity and sustainable creation of jobs. It also stresses on the concept of individual and organizational integrity as the key towards flourishing community.

Davide signed the integrity pledge on November 2014. He emphasized that sustainable progress comes with good governance.

In his earlier message, the governor said if they can restore the people’s trust through good governance, the trust of investors investing in a corruption-free climate will also follow.

“The pillars for good governance require awareness, cooperation, determination, and sacrifice from all of us.  It starts with me and the people on my team,” he said in his 2014 State of the Province Address.

By the end of 2016, the results of the Integrity Project in the pilot areas will be disseminated to and replicated in all LGUs in the Philippines.

This is not the first time that the province has been chosen for integrity and good governance. Recently, the Province of Cebu received the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping given by the Department of Interior and Local Government along with other municipalities.