Rapid Field Appraisal of Decentralization SOCCSKSARGEN REGION 12


Provinces, cities, and high-income municipalities have invested in print, broadcast, and online media to provide information to and generate feedback from their publics (Box 1). Most of the LGUs have updated websites. Social networking sites have also been tapped by the LGUs, with Sarangani using these extensively. Barangay assemblies are among the other means by which the region’s provincial and municipal governments reach out to citizens, either to conduct consultations on pressing issues or alongside activities to deliver medical, social welfare, and/or agriculture services. Koronadal also designated information officers in its barangays. The State of the Province/City/Municipality/Address is viewed to be a good tool to inform constituents and organizations about progress in the local government. Yet while efforts to increase citizen’s access to information are aplenty, how citizens reckon with the published information (e.g. if they understand the information, if the charter is read by those who access LGU services for the first time) and how citizen feedback is processed within the local bureaucracy are unclear.

Source InstitutionThe Asia Foundation
Source URLhttps://asiafoundation.org/resources/pdfs/14SOCSKSARGEN.pdf
Page Count48
Place of PublicationManila
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