City of Hundred Islands is Region I’s Most Outstanding CRM implementer
Alaminos’ One System – One Government also 2nd best
The Alaminos City government cemented its status as among the model cities in good governance as two of its major thrusts were recognized by the Regional Development Council-I (RDC).
As a true vanguard of environment, the city topped the search for the Most Outstanding Coastal Resource Management Implementer for year 2006-2007.
Its “One System–One Government Program” has also been adjudged as first runner-up in the 2007 Search for LGU Best Practices Project.
Mayor Hernani A. Braganza learned about the good news upon his arrival from Metro Manila where he followed up several projects for the city and at the same time woo more businessmen to invest in Alaminos.
The Mayor then congratulated the city CRM consultant Manuel Credo, City Agriculturist Ernesto de Leon and City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Roel Anoñuevo for the city’s latest remarkable feat.
He also commended the support offices like POSO-Bantay Dagat for the CRM program and the city treasurer’s office, city assessor’s office, and the business and licensing section for helping realize his laudable programs.
“With the unrelenting support of the city council and our citymates’ strong faith and confidence in our programs, we will continue to improve the quality of life in our city,” added the Mayor.
The twin awards were the first for the city in the regional level as far as the CRM and One System-One Government Program are concerned.
The city’s CRM program was been acknowledged as the best in the region for its long-term commitment and sustainable coastal resource management planning, rehabilitation and protection.
RDC also cited the city’s advocacy, project monitoring and evaluation, capability building and swift resolution of issues, concerns and problem affecting the fisher folks and the marine environment.
“Alaminos’ giant strides and resolve in protecting their marine environment and empowering their fisherfolks greatly supported a sustainable management and conservation of the coastal resources in the Lingayen Gulf,” said an RDC official.
Credo said the city’s determination to preserve its natural resources and revive its marine ecosystem is best expressed on Mayor Braganza’s initiative to stop illegal fishing in the area in 2004.
Today, hundreds of fisherfolks families from the city’s ten coastal communities enjoy the bounty of the sea and the support coming from the city government, he added.
“Alaminians are now also fully aware that if they protect their marine environment, work extra hard, support and embrace the programs of the government, their family will have enough food on their table.”
Alaminos is currently classified as a 5th class city but it set the standards on good governance for other bigger and progressive cities in the region to follow.
The “One System–One Government Program” a banner program of the Braganza administration, is a perfect example.
The program comprises the development and integration of various information systems (IS) that would lead to the establishment of one database which will be used by the city in decision making process.
To facilitate the building of databases and decentralization, a city-owned wireless infrastructure connectivity using Wimax is now being put into place thru the EDWINGS Project (Education and Development thru Wireless Internet Governance System).
Phase I of the project has already been completed which will soon provide internet connectivity to the first 16 public schools in the city this June.
“One System” is designed to streamline city’s various operations to eradicate red-tape hence, achieve better delivery of services while promoting government transparency within the local government.
This (program) is unique in the sense that it will attempt to build an integrated information system and one database for the whole of Alaminos, said Anoñuevo.
“As envisioned by our young and hardworking city Mayor, it will likely transform Alaminos into a cyber city in the next 5 years thru its wireless infrastructure system,” he stressed.
The program manager said that the IS were developed in-house, thereby, saving the city huge sum in acquiring these information system from private entities.
One of the major components of the program is Systems Development and Deployment which include the Person Identification System (PIS), Wireless Internet Connectivity, INFOTEXT System (SMS), Integrated Cashiering System (ICS), Occupation Permit System, Integrated Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS), Real Property Tax Administration System (RPTS), Building and Zoning Clearance System (BZCS), Household Profile System, Police/POSO Information and Clearance System (PICS), BFP Information and Clearance System (BFPICS), Health, Sanitation Permit and Clearance System (HSPCS), City Website Development and Enhancement and On-Line Indicator Management System.
The program also covers the acquisition of hardware and software needed for systems development and the ICT training on employees, Out-of School Youths, students and pupils from public schools and the Geographic Information System.
Anoñuevo said that the “One System” has a potential of transferability to other Local Government Units in region 1 being one of the new models in the promotion of highly productive and effective LGU projects.
And since almost if not all of LGUs have the same type of services and operations such as co