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NSPDF task force on good governance finalizes its action plan

By TERESITA B. CARDENAS, PIA Catarman
February 2, 2011

CATARMAN, Northern Samar  –  In order to address issues on government efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services, the task force on good governance of the Northern Samar Peace and Development Forum (NSPDF) has finalize its action plan Wednesday morning at Sophie’s Restaurant, University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar.

The group prioritized and targeted the advocacy of the following: transparency in public governance, public-private partnership for growth and employment, poverty alleviation, quality education and children’s welfare.

For transparency in the local government unit, the group decided to monitor the politician’s term based plan that were submitted to DILG, the promotion of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS),  and for LGUs to give priority on employment and economic development.

While for poverty alleviation, the monitoring of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and monitoring of agricultural program were also on top of the list to be done by the task force.

Likewise, the conduct of job fairs and seminar workshop for small scale businesses will be done within the second quarter with DTI, DOLE, TESDA and NSPESO spearheading the event.

However, for children’s welfare, the group asked the head of DSWD in the province to update and apprise the members as to the implementation of the Northern Samar Local Children’s Code on February 4 during the NSPDF scheduled quarterly meeting.

On quality education, the promotion of the Alternative Learning System (ALS), the conduct of information education campaign for parents, lobbying for the allocation of funds for locally paid teachers, and increase support of stakeholders on public education were among the things discussed during the meeting.

The meeting was participated in by Rev. Fr. Fred Placa, the chair of the task force, Engr. Romeo Cardenas of PPDO, Mrs. Carmen Mejia of PSWDO, Mrs. Althea Basiloy of UEP, PNP Provincial Director Col. Brigido Unay, Mrs. Teresita B. Cardenas of PIA, Mr. Fortunato Lagarde of DILG, Col. Malinao of 803rd Brigade and Ferminlino Ultra of UEP Association of Law Students (ALAS).