MANILA The Code: Reforms for Economic Development and Social Watch Philippines launched on Friday a policy monograph on transparency.
Named after the United Kingdom-funded project, Increasing Transparency in Local Governance through Informed Citizens Participation in Public Finance, the policy monograph detailed the projects six-month journey that led to the education of civil society organizations (CSO) on local public finance.
The Report has five chapters, which include the introduction of the project, an overview of the Full Disclosure Policy, an accounting of the team experience in the conduct of the capacity-building workshops in six municipalities, and recommendations to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other government agencies together with lessons learned in the past.
The Report proposed the following:
Follow-up the status of the participatory governance contracts of the six municipalities. Special attention can be given to the two municipalities which created joint committees on increasing their tax revenue.
Capacity-building program can be developed to help municipalities increase their revenue. This program can be supported by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Land Registration Authority (LRA), and DILG. DILG can take another look at the way financial information is being collated and interpreted.
* The seminar needs to be replicated.
One approach would be to have another round for a different set of municipalities. It will take time to cover all municipalities. (PNA)