Anti-epal rule ok in Baguio
By ALDWIN QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — Stressing that the funding of government projects come from tax payer’s money, members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved the prohibition of politicians and public officials from putting their names or faces on any public project and other properties or programs during their regular session.
Two proposed ordinances by City Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas and councilor Fred Bagbagen were consolidated and passed as a city ordinance titled “The no-naming and no-signage of Public Works and Properties.” The ordinance serves as an obligatory measure for every local government unit (LGU) in strictly implementing the Memorandum Circular 2010-101 of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) banning the names or initial and images or pictures of government officials on billboards and signages of government programs, projects and properties.
According to the DILG memo, the practice of putting up billboards or signages bearing the names, initials and images of government officials on government programs and projects has been noticeably abused and misused by some government officials. Said memo noted that such practices are utilized for political interests and has taken the credit away from the taxpayers who are the ones paying for the programs and projects of the government.
In the proposed ordinance introduced by Fariñas , such practices of putting names of officials on any government initiatives are misleading if not unethical and must be stopped. This he stated so that public trust can be restored to the government.
The consolidated ordinances states that it shall be unlawful for politicians and public officials and also private individuals to affix their names by way of inscription, painting, engraving, sculpting on government structures. Described structures funded by the public are buildings, roads, bridges, overpasses, gymnasiums, classrooms, waiting sheds, terminals and markets. The ordinance also ban putting names on public equipments and vehicles.
The penalties for politicians who violate this shall be a fine of P5,000.00 and suspension for one month or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days at a discretion of a competent court. If the violator is a private individual, he shall be fined P3,000.00 and his business or contractor’s permit will be subjected to revocation with 30 days imprisonment also at the discretion of the court. # nordis.net