By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The nation’s capital was the only city in Metro Manila that failed to meet the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) good financial housekeeping standards.
Citing the DILG, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso blamed this on the administration of former Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada for failing to fully disclose financial documents in 2018 and in the first quarter of 2019.
“This was already expected. The DILG told us this is due to the past administration’s failure to comply with full disclosure of financial documents in 2018 and first quarter of 2019,” Domagoso said in a statement released Thursday.
“This is an opportunity for us to do better, that we will not tolerate this kind of dismal performance. It’s not happening under my watch,” he added.
The local chief executive said he already convened the local finance committee to “fix the past administration’s mess.”
Out of 1,706 assessed local government units (LGUs), only 184 or 10.8 percent failed to pass the DILG’s standards for good financial housekeeping.
The Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, that is awarded to LGUs that showed “good performance in financial transparency,” is one of the minimum requirements for the Seal of Good Local Governance.