Alaminos tops RDC-NEDA’s search for LGU-based Best Practices
Alaminos City bested other three cities in the province in the 2008 Award-Searches for LGUs of the Regional Development Council and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Region I.
It was almost a clean sweep for Alaminos under the city category as it topped three out of four awards.
The city’s “One System-One Government (OS-OG)” has been ranked first in Search for the LGU-Best Practices.
Alaminos was also adjudged as the Cleanest Coastal Area and having the Cleanest Inland Body of Water.
The city though settled for second place in the Search for the Cleanest, Greenest and Safest City yielding the top prize to Urdaneta City.
The award was presented by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Pangasinan headed by OIC provincial Director Domiciano Soriano Jr. during the Barangay Captains’ Day held at Narciso Ramos Gym in Lingayen, Pangasinan just recently.
City Administrator Wilmer Panabang and city councilors Felimon Bacala Jr. and Helen Bumagat, the Liga Ng Mga Barangay president received the award in behalf of Mayor Hernani A. Braganza and the city government.
It was learned during the awarding rites that the city has also been chosen as the provincial nominee for Best Performing LGU on Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) to the RDC-NEDA Region I Award.
“This is another great honor for the city government and for our citymates," said Panabang. We are both thrilled and proud for this humble recognition.
“These awards not only spoke of Mayor Braganza’s ardent desire in making Alaminos the best place to live, work and invest but also manifested the city government’s genuine resolve to provide what the city residents really deserve,” added the administrator.
The OS-OG is a banner program of the City Government to attain the goal of the Good Governance Agenda of the Braganza administration’s Ten Point Agenda.
It comprises the development and integration of various Information System (IS) that would lead to the establishment of one database which will be used by the city in decision making processes
The program design involves streamlining the city’s various operations to eradicate red tape for better delivery of service.
Among the major components of the program include the acquisition of hardware and software needed for the systems development, ICT training on employees, out of school youths, students and pupils from public schools, the systems development and deployment (SDD) and geographic information system (GIS).
The SDD covers the Police/POSO Information and Clearance System, the Info-text System, BFP information and Clearance System, Integrated Business Permit and Licensing System, Building and Zoning Clearance System, Integrated Cashiering System, Real Property Tax Administration System, Occupation Permit System, Communication Tax Certificate Issuance System, Bank Check Issuance System, RPTS Archiving System, Person Identification System, Household Profile System, Birth Registry System, the city’s official websites, On-line indicator Management System, Biometric Daily Time Record System, Aerial Ortho-photo Mapping, Technical Description-GIS Conversion System, Nutritional Status Tracking System, Health, Sanitation Permit and Clearance System and Public Education Tracking System.
Engr. Roel Anoñuevo, City Planning and Development Officer, said the program promotes government transparency within the city government.
He noted that with the deployment of the info-text system, comments, suggestion and complaints from the concerned residents is being encouraged thru the use of text.
Anoñuevo cited that the program is unique in the sense that the IS were developed in house, he added.
“This spared the city on putting big investment just to acquire information from other outside sources like vendors of IT products.”
Anoñuevo said OS-OG attempts to build an integrated information system and one database for the whole city.
To facilitate the building of databases and decentralization, a city-owned infrastructure connectivity is now being put into place thru the Education and Development Thru Wireless Internet Governance System (EDWINGS Project).
“This will soon transform Alaminos into a cyber city in the next few years thru its wireless infrastructure system,” he added.
The city planning officer disclosed that with almost all local government units sharing the same services and operations, the city’s OS-OG program has a huge potential of transferability to other LGUs. (CIO)