Good Governance

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(Speech of Public Attorney's Office [PAO] Chief Persida V. Rueda-Acosta during the Philippine Councilors League's 3rd Quarterly National Executive Officers and National Board Meeting/Continuing Local Legislative Education Program [CLLEP], Bohol Cultural Center, Tagbilaran City, September 15, 2011)

MANILA, Philippines - Governor of Bohol and former Congressman Edgar Chatto, PCL President Alma Moreno-Salic, to all PCL officers and members, mga kababayan, maayong gabii sa inyong tanan,

I am honored with your invitation as your keynote and guest speaker. I am humbled to learn that you want to hear from me the role that I would wish you to play as local legislators.

Kayo na iginagalang na mga miyembro ng Konseho na binibigyang halaga ang payo para sa ikabubuti ng mga munisipyo at kalunsuran dito sa ating bayan, sa pamamagitan ng mga batas na inyong kinatha at maluwalhating naipasa, ay sa inyong abang lingkod ngayon nagtatanong. Maraming salamat sa inyong tiwala sa akin at sa pagpapahalaga sa maibabahagi ko sa inyo ngayon.

The late English philosopher Jeremy Bentham said that "the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation." Legislating for the happiness of the greatest number of our kababayans is hard enough- for as public servants we know that we cannot please everybody.

But unlike Bentham, our aim has always been and will always be the happiness of all. As parens patriae, the state/ the government, as parent or guardian of its citizens looks after the welfare of all.

As part of the government and as local legislators, a vital role is indeed placed on your shoulders. But I know that each one of you does not feel burdened like the mythological figure, Atlas. Sa pamamagitan ng Philippine Councilors League (PCL), nasa mga balikat man ng bawat isa sa inyo ang bigat ng tungkulin kung sama-samang babalikatin...siguradong kakayanin... At hindi lamang kakayanin kundi pagtatagumpayan para sa bayan...

At this juncture, I would like to share with you my thoughts on the topic you requested me to talk about today. As we tread on the straight path of public service, we have been equipped with a road map in our hands. This invaluable guide is the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016.

Through this Plan, H. E. President Benigno S. Aquino III, said that "we intend to pursue rapid and sustainable economic growth and development, improve the quality of life of the Filipino, empower the poor and marginalized, and enhance our social cohesion as a nation" (www.neda.gov.ph). Good governance and anti-corruption are the overarching theme of this Plan.

The Plan consists of 10 chapters, and these are the discussions on:

1. Inclusive Growth.

2. Macroeconomic Policy.

3. Competitive Industry and Services Systems.

4. Competitive and Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Sector.

5. Accelerating Infrastructure Development.

6. Towards a Dynamic and Resilient Financial Sector.

7. Good Governance and the Rule of Law.

8. Social Development.

9. Peace and Security.

10. Conservation, Protection and Rehabilitation of the Environment and Natural Resources Towards Sustainable Development.

Mga minamahal na konsehal ng ating Inang Bayan, iminumungkahi ko po na sa tuwina ay maging bahagi ng inyong mga ordinansa ang mga nabanggit na paksa, o di kaya ay magpanukala nang naaayon dito.

I would like to give emphasis on Good Governance and the Rule of Law; Peace and Security; Social Development; and Conservation, Protection, and Rehabilitation of the Environment and Natural Resources Towards Sustainable Development.

Good Governance and the Rule of Law; and Peace and Security

Good governance promotes among others, transparency, accountability, efficiency, and upholds the rule of law. There is rule of law when laws, statutes, rules and regulations are implemented regardless of the social status of the parties involved. …