Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Fariñas announced that the city’s Citizen’s Charter Book is set to be launched on the first week of March. Fariñas’ announcement came at the heels of the book’s first launching at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in Manila last week.
The Citizen’s Charter Book, according to the mayor, is a book on the city that contains all the programs and services of the city government, which includes the process, rules, regulations and policies among others in the availment of the different services provided by the local government unit at present.
The said book would be like a “one-stop-shop” wherein all the information needed about the city government would be available for perusal.
The Citizen’s Charter Book will also highlight the transparency in governance as all programs and information related to the flow of government service would be available.
The Ilocos Times learned that the publication of the said book has been on of Fariñas’ dreams since he became the city mayor in 2004.
The City Mayor’s Office has also been listed in the said book to open to entertain comments, suggestions or even questions relative to the city government’s programs.
The mayor however added that only 250 pieces of the book would be made available and as such the city’s 80 barangays would be prioritized so the people from both the urban and rural areas of Laoag would know about the content of the book.
Fariñas vowed to reproduce more copies of the book in the future to capture a wider scope of readers, not only locally, but also outside the country.
With this development, Fariñas expressed his gratitude to the British Embassy for sponsoring the said book as he stressed that this would be a big help in the promotion of the city government’s programs and services, which the people should know.
Meanwhile, city administrator Gloria F. Peralta suggested that officials from both the DAP and the British Embassy be invited for the formal launching of the city’s Citizen’s Charter explaining that without them the publication of the said book would not have been possible.
Dominic B. dela Cruz