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Ordinance furthering governance transparency proposed

By Jason B. Neola


CITY Councilor Joselito S.A. Del Rosario has introduced a new ordinance aimed at bolstering transparency, efficiency, and integrity within the local government’s operations. This move comes three years after the approval of the Internal Audit Services Ordinance of Naga City, which he authored.


The proposed ordinance, named the Naga City Governance Operations Monitoring and Evaluation, seeks to enhance governance processes by establishing comprehensive monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.


Councilor Del Rosario emphasized the need for this initiative, citing the evolving challenges faced by the community that demand sustainable and integrity-driven efforts from the local government.


He highlighted the importance of a robust monitoring and evaluation system in maintaining effective governance.


“With the community's evolving needs, it is crucial for the local government to ensure sustainability and integrity in its efforts. This mechanism will help us check and follow through on the city government’s compliance with required procedures, while also fostering innovations by embracing positive developments,” the legislator said.


The ordinance proposes the establishment of the Naga City Governance Operations Monitoring and Evaluation Committee. This committee will be chaired by the City Administrator, with the Internal Audit Services Officer serving as co-chairperson.


Other members will include key city officials such as the City Planning and Development Officer, City Legal Officer, City Procurement Officer, City Budget Officer, City Accountant, City Treasurer’s Officer, i-Governance Officer;


Head of the Jesse M. Robredo Good Governance Center, City Events, Protocol, and Public Information Officer, Information and Technology Officer, General Services Officer, Human Resource Management Officer, the Naga City People’s Council Executive Director, and the Naga City Youth Mayor.


The responsibilities of the committee will include ensuring compliance with existing laws in procurement and financial processes, improving planning and budgeting cycles, facilitating coordination between offices, developing human resource capabilities, investigating anomalies, introducing positive developments such as digitalization, and fostering a culture of transparency and excellence within the local government.


The ordinance will take effect immediately upon approval.

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