Accountability and transparency, keys to good governance: Belmonte

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. today underlined the crucial role of sustained exchanges and cooperation between and among government institutions, the academe and the private sector in the molding of leaders and educators whose capabilities should be tempered with integrity to promote good governance.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. today underlined the crucial role of sustained exchanges and cooperation between and among government institutions, the academe and the private sector in the molding of leaders and educators whose capabilities should be tempered with integrity to promote good governance.

"Corruption in government transactions has remained high. The Philippines, based on UN estimates, is the fourth most corrupt among 16 Southeast Asian countries," Belmonte said, in reference to a UN report.

This state of affairs, he added, "indicate our massive failure (in the past) in at least two governance indicators - in the areas of accountability and transparency," he said.

The House leader was guest speaker during the launching of the "Temasek Foundation: Policy, Governance and Capacity Building Programme for Philippine Leaders and Educators (PGCB Program)" at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The Temasek Programme is under the auspices of the Temasek Foundation, Singapore and the Ateneo de Manila University in partnership with Speaker Belmonte, Jr., the Department of Education and various local government units.

Belmonte said that with an absence of integrity in leadership, growth would be meaningless because of inequality that excludes an even greater number from reaping the benefits of development.

"As the World Bank found early on, without good governance, economic growth will have little impact on poverty," Belmonte said.

The Temasek initiative is a 3-5-year program that will directly benefit 625 senior-level education officials and master trainers and 5,400 Math, English and Science teachers from 400 schools in 13 participating divisions and districts.

Other prominent personalities and guests at the launching were Mr. Benedict Cheong, chief Executive Officer, Temasek Foundation and other officials of the Foundation, H.E. A. Selverajah, Ambassador of Singapore to the Philippines, and representatives from the DepEd, Local Government Units and local DepEd Offices from the participating division and district.

Belmonte stressed that the absence of "understanding of governance or its indicators, government officers and leaders will find it difficult to assume their proper role in the efficient management and use of the country's resources."

"The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific enumerate at least eight major characteristics of good governance: it must be participatory; accountable; transparent; consensus-oriented; responsive; effective and efficient; equitable and inclusive; and follows the rule of law," the Speaker said. 

 

Source: Public Relations and Information Department

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