TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov. 23 (PIA) -- Governments dreaming of striking shortcuts to development that redound on the public welfare are more keen on getting tangible projects and very few are rooting for the logic of finding a sustainable way of doing it.
Enter LoGIC, or Local Government Integrity Circles, a project that could make local governments craft a system of building a culture of integrity that could propel the towns into their desired niches in the competitive world of development, explained Robert dela Serna, LoGIC consultant in Bohol.
Here for LoGIC orientations with local government units, dela Serna and Rhoda delos Santos have moved about in Bohol, along with staff from the local Go Negosyo, trying to sell to local government units a way to make them attain more sustainable development through the institutionalization of integrity in their business dealings.
CREATING FAVORABLE BUSINESS CLIMATE. While LGUs have been scouring for programs to elevate their local business environment to be favorable to investors, the Local Government Integrity Circles (LoGIC) is one way to a sustainable and more inclusive strategy, said Robert Dela Serna in an interview. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
"We visit LGUS and orient the mayors, urge them to bring their department heads participation and enlarge the movement to promote the culture of integrity among LGUs," he said.
Such is to facilitate and create a better business environment through good governance and integrity in processes, dela Serna explained during an interview.
And in time when the government strictly implements the Anti Red Tape Act (ARTA), LoGIC would be helpful in streamlining processes and ushering in a business climate that is conducive for investments.
First among LoGIC's engagements is the Integrity Self-Assessment Tool, which assesses an LGU's vulnerability to corrupt practices.
ISAT is adopted for LGUs and allows them to assess their strengths and weaknesses, and work from there to make the processes better, dela Serna said.
LoGIC sees that several LGUs may have come up with innovations in streamlined business processes, but when a new leader comes, the practice is hardly sustained.
LoGIC would come as a technical support program for LGUS who intend to improve their circuitous processes especially when it comes to putting up and nurturing a good business environment for investors to locate.
The end result is for LGUs to adopt an integrity brand, which would also be a crucial support to the LGU's aims to make it to the Department of Interior and Local Government's Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
While there are already LGUs who have attained SGLGs on their own systems innovation, the question of sustaining the award in good management is now always maintained.
The LoGIC approach is for multi-sectors as widely represented in a council that drafts the new systems, test runs it and fixes it for a most efficient and transparent system that works, added Rhoda delos Santos.
"We operate on the same framework that once we provide a favorable investment environment, we will have jobs that will generate more income for the LGUS and then elevate the economic status of people," dela Serna said.
Asked what would be the more tangible offer that LGUs can get in the program, LoGIC said since the project is by the European Union and implemented by the Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung Foundation, LGUs with LoGIC implementation are invited to regional summits where LGUs can meet investors.
LoGIC is also in partnership with the European Economic Council of the Philippines, League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), and League of Provinces of the Philippines.
The program for LGUs has been endorsed by the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, LMP, and civil society organizations in Bohol, dela Serna ended. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)