Incoming Baliwag Mayor Ferdie Estrella calls for cooperation and smooth transition following transmittal of official request from his camp for the turnover of relevant data to facilitate continuity in local governance.
The young Estrella has directed his team to closely coordinate with the transition team of the outgoing Mayor Carol Dellosa to generate reports on the current status of the operations, plans and programs, particularly in the areas of human resource and development, transportation and traffic management, planning and development, business processing, and financial management.
Estrella, who serves as ABC president prior to his election as the 27th mayor of Baliwag, stressed that the submission of a sound report based on pre-identified areas of concerns, is imperative in establishing where Baliwag stands at this point in time, and how funds emanating from the people’s taxes where utilized by for the past three years.
He said that these data shall serve as a basis in the reforms that he vows to fulfill, further emphasizing that the public deserves to know the truth, in the name of transparency and accountability which are central to his commitments for genuine change and good governance.
Estrella expects that concerned Baliwag officials will be able to prepare data and documents as soon as possible, since the DILG Central Office has already issued Memo Circular 2016-21 as early as mid February, to provide ample time for each provincial, city and municipal local governance transition team.
In the said memo, the DILG indicated that the team will be chaired by the local chief executive, while the vice-chairperson will be selected from among the members who are the department heads, and representatives from the DILG and non-government organization (NGO) or people’s organization (PO).
One of the principal tasks and responsibilities of the transition teams is the conduct of an inventory of all local government units’ real properties such as land, buildings, infrastructure facilities and improvements and machineries, vehicles, office equipment, furniture, fixtures and supply stocks.
The team will also assemble all documents or records such as the 2015 Commission on Audit Report, Contracts and Loan Agreements, Comprehensive Development Plan, Local Development Investment Plan, 2016 Annual Investment Plan, inventory of personnel by nature of appointment, Executive Orders, Full Disclosure Policy Documents and others.
It is also the team’s responsibility to organize a turn-over ceremony on June 30, to include a briefing on the Governance Assessment Report and key challenges to the incoming set of officials.