Enforcer of good gov­er­nance, 2

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

A COL­LEAGUE who spent half of his life in gov­ern­ment ser­vice af­firmed to me that if the guardians and en­forcers of good lo­cal gov­er­nance do their job well, half of the prob­lem of the state al­ready solved.

He said that when all the good laws, poli­cies and pro­grams of the gov­ern­ment are ex­e­cuted right by na­tional state per­son­nel highly ob­ser­vant of the state code of ethics, then much of the lo­cal cor­rup­tion, il­le­gal drugs and crimes and bad lo­cal gov­er­nance prac­tices will hardly be com­mit­ted much less flour­ish.

Those hell­bent in com­mit­ting cor­rup­tion and crimes can­not go scot-free for long; they will soon be caught, pros­e­cuted and put be­hind bars.

I agree. When the ex­ec­u­tive forces of the state are true to their man­date and com­mit­ment, they can change the course of the state, and as well as the “sad fate” of our peo­ple.

This leaves us then with state leg­is­la­tors, ju­di­ciary big­wigs and their cor­po­rate pa­trons, and those in the LGUS that be­long to pow­er­ful fam­i­lies and dy­nas­ties - to watch, con­trol and stop. They are much harder to deal be­cause they so much wield pow­ers.

Hence, a mass move­ment-ori­ented thrust must.

This time the guardians and en­forcers of good gov­er­nance must have a mul­ti­plier force. They can part­ner or even ac­credit and dep­u­tize the cit­i­zens so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions (CSOS), sec­toral mass or­ga­ni­za­tions, de­vel­op­ment non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions (NGOS), aca­demic and church in­sti­tu­tions, and spe­cific in­ter­est groups like the green ad­vo­cates, among oth­ers to act as third-party mon­i­tors and ac­tion groups against the pro­mot­ers of bad gov­er­nance, or­ga­nized cor­rup­tions and crimes.

If I have to ap­pre­ci­ate it well, this is the big­ger is a is con­text of DILG’S pol­icy to en­gage CSOS in en­sur­ing not only good lo­cal gov­er­nance, but to­wards en­hanc­ing a re­spon­sive state lead­er­ship to the prob­lems and needs, hopes and as­pi­ra­tion of the peo­ple es­pe­cially the poor and pow­er­less.

I know this is not easy for the DILG given tremen­dous con­straints, among which is the gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment law which ef­fec­tively limit its en­list­ment of and sup­port for CSOS and their likes. But the cen­tral lead­er­ship of DILG and its key units the NBOO, OPDS, BLGD, BLGS and SLGP-PMO are do­ing their best to over­come con­straints and lim­i­ta­tions to cre­ate bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment for a wider and ef­fec­tive en­gage­ment with CSOS.

The CSOS and their likes must also give a longer view to the on­go­ing ini­tia­tives of DILG lead­er­ship; again it’s not easy for them to do it given the long frus­tra­tions of CSOS over gov­ern­ment bi­ases against them, or more pre­cise, against sin­cere so­cial change-com­mit­ted CSOS.

But this is one track for CSOS and the DILG and other na­tional line agen­cies, and vice versa, to try to work to­gether with CSOS to be­come ef­fec­tive guardian and enforcer of good gov­er­nance in the lo­cal and na­tional lev­els.

After all, ef­fec­tive good gov­er­nance be­gins with the state per­son­nel, and com­pleted in form and sub­stance with the sup­port of the broad mass of or­ga­nized cit­i­zens.

When good gov­er­nance be­comes the or­der of the day of the state, the ba­sis for bad gov­er­nance is re­duced ef­fec­tively.

Al­bert Ein­stein is right in this re­gard, “the more we ex­pand our knowl­edge and imag­i­na­tion, the more we ex­pand the hori­zon of light, and nar­row the di­men­sion of dark­ness..”*

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