BAGUIO CITY: Barangay (village) officials here should take a stand against corruption, involving barangay projects to ensure delivery of quality projects for the benefit of the community.
The challenge was recently thrown by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong as he encouraged the Summer Capital’s barangay captains to scrutinize projects being undertaken in their areas of jurisdiction and to immediately report if these are not up to their standard.
“If you are not satisfied, report it to us. We will take action, and we will not pay them,” the mayor told the barangay captains during their monthly meeting last October 14.
“I will keep on repeating this. I do not want substandard projects. We will never tolerate them. So, please help us in monitoring and identifying them in order that we can take action,” Magalong said.
He noted that there has been a marked improvement in the quality of projects in the city since routine inspections by the city government led by the mayor and City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña were implemented.
There are still projects, however, that are below quality, mostly school projects.
“I know many of you are frustrated with the system. Please speak up. We don’t have to pay these contractors until their projects pass the standards,” the mayor also told the barangay heads.
“Let’s participate in good governance. You are aware of the poor quality of some of the school projects in the city. [Are these] the kind of facilities that we want our children to inherit just because we don’t want to participate in good governance?”
“I am empowering you to take a stand against corruption. Let us make a unified stand. I promised you a righteous government, and I am going to deliver that [until] the end of my term,” Magalong said.