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Roxas assures LGUs of full supportJuly 8, 2013

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Roxas assures LGUs of full supportJuly 8, 2013

Manila, Philippines Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday/July 5 assured local government officials of full support from the national leadership, describing them as partners in bringing about change and true service to the Filipino people.

In a speech after inducting the members of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Solaire Hotel in Pasay City, the DILG Secretary enumerated five priority areas in which to achieve the objective.

He also gave them a direct line with which to call him regarding their concerns.
“I know in your hearts you have that desire. Hindi madali ang trabaho ng isang public servant. As DILG chief, I want to help in whatever way I can for you to have a successful career,” Roxas told the newly-elected vice governors. “You have my number. Feel free to call.”

The five priority areas include transparency and good housekeeping, "bottoms up" budgeting, disaster risk reduction, business friendliness, tourism promotion and PWD (Persons with Disabilities) friendliness.

“Ang transparency at good housekeeping ay palalawakin, palalalimin at magkakaroon ng dagdag na pondo para sa kabahagi ng nasabing programa,”Roxas said.
Under "bottoms up" budgeting which will form a big part of the 2014 national budget, the national government will ask for suggestions, recommendations and actual needs of the LGUs.

“Sa halip na ang national government and magsasabi ng kailangan ng mga local government, ang LGUs ang magsasabi ng kailangan nila na tatapatan ng 20 percent development fund,” Roxas explained.

The DILG Secretary said disaster risk reduction is a priority of the Aquino administration. “Priority ito ng Pangulo at handa kami makipag-partner sa inyo dahil ang mga areas not prone to typhoons or storms are now subject to them because of the changing weather patterns,” he said.

Roxas said the government is also partnering with Department of Trade and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce for the grading of each city with regard to business friendliness. The business-friendly areas will be included in the DTI list every time there are trade and export missions.

The DILG Secretary said the national government can help in tourism promotion by bringing in the logistics and infrastructure as well as conducting strategic workshops to come up with developmental plans for local communities.

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