Church leaders, LCEs, barangay chairmen ink covenant for good governance

An April 7, 2011 press release by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo today ledthe signing of a Covenant for Good Governance with the heads of the dioceses, local chief executives and Presidents of Liga ng mga Barangay of the cities of Quezon, Caloocan, Navotas and Malabon to advance the principles of clean and honest governance at the barangay level.

The signing of the covenant is one of the highlights of the launching of the partnership between the churches and barangays dubbed as “Barangay at Simbahan: Magkabalikat Para sa Matuwid na Pamamahala” at the St. Peter’s Parish Church in Quezon City.

Aside from Robredo, the other signatories of the covenant are: Mayors Herbert Bautista of Quezon City, Canuto Senen Oreta of Malabon City, John Reynald Tiangco of Navotas City and Enrico Echiverro of Kalookan City; Bishops Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao,  Deogracias Iniguez, Jr. of Kalookan and Antonio Tobias of Novaliches; representatives of the Diocesan PAM Lay coordinators and Liga ng mga Barangay of the four cities.

The DILG Secretary said the partnership launching is the Church’s response to the Secretary’s call for its active involvement in the Department’s renewed and zealous effort to realize good governance at the barangay level.

“Nalulugod po kami at naging mabilis ang pagtugon ng Simbahan sa aming panawagan at hamon na makibahagi at makiisa sa kampanya para sa isang mabuti at tuwid na pamamahala,” he said.

Earlier, Robredo called on the active participation of the Church and other sectors of the society in the task of nation-building, particularly in introducing reforms and changes in local governance.

Other attendants of the affair were: DILG Regional Director Renato Brion, Dir. John Castañeda of the National Barangay Operations Office, PNP Chief, Director General Raul Bacalzo, Rev. Fr. Antonio Labiao Jr., among others.