Robredo’s ‘crown jewel’: full disclosure in gov’t
The late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo wanted the public to support the Full Disclosure Policy, DILG says

MANILA, Philippines – It was the “crown jewel” of his work in local governance, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Tuesday, August 21.

Until the eve of the plane crash that killed him, the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo aggressively pushed for the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP), a tool to ensure government transparency and accountability. He wanted the public to support it, the DILG said in a statement after Robredo’s body was recovered Tuesday.

The FDP requires local governments to disclose 12 important financial documents – in public places – to show the public how funds are spent. Based on Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys, 1,697 or 99% of local government units (LGUs) have complied with this as of June, according to the DILG. 

“Lagi ko pong sinabi na itinaas na natin ang antas o sukat ng paglilingkod. Hindi na sapat na tayo ay matino lamang. Hindi rin sapat na tayo ay mahusay lamang. Hindi lahat ng matino ay mahusay, at lalo namang hindi lahat ng mahusay ay matino. Ang dapat ay matino at mahusay upang karapat dapat tayong pagkatiwalaan ng pera ng bayan,” Robredo said in the past, as quoted by DILG. 

(We always say we have elevated our level of service. It is not enough that we are decent. It is also not enough that we are competent. Not everyone who is decent is competent, and not everyone who is competent is decent. We should be both decent and competent so we would deserve trust for public funds.)

The FDP is required for the annual Seal of Good Housekeeping award for LGUs.

The DILG said that on August 17, a day before the plane crash, Robredo wanted to begin an advocacy campaign “so that ordinary citizens would use the maximum benefits from the tool to demand good governance and transparency from their local leaders.”

Robredo was among the Philippines’ most awarded local leaders, and received Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000. A former Naga City mayor, he raised the city to first class from third class. –