Gov. Eugenio Lacson urged Negrenses to take into heart the transparency in government and make Negros Occidental a flagship province in maintaining integrity through an open government, during the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) 2022 Transparency Roadshow, held at Negros Residences in Bacolod City, on April 26.
Addressing the participants, Lacson said that at this point in Philippines’ history, alongside the strain caused by the COVID crisis, Filipinos are now worn-out and exhausted from the culture of corruption and mistrust. He further stressed that as a country, and as a people, more than at any other point in time, are earnest to trust the institution once again.
He added: “Aside from the moral degradation it causes, corruption has a lot to do with unsatisfactory economic performance, making countries poorer and less attractive to investments, thus the cycle of under performance and want.”
Lacson further emphasized that if the Philippines wishes to be truly progressive, we must banish not just corruption, but also suspicions of corruption.
The roadshow, held through PCOO’s Freedom of Information-Project Management Office, aims to increase awareness and engage with the communities and organizations representing the national and local governments, civil society, academe, media and the general public to promote responsible information sharing as one of the transparency initiatives of the government and its other programs.
It is now on its third leg, and is a collaborative activity of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, Philippine Information Agency – Negros Occidental, CHMSU, DBM, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and PHIVOLCS-DOST.