LGUs are to blame, too, for failed initiatives
Local government units cannot be spared the blame for the failure of peace and development initiatives in Mindanao because they, too, are mandated to take full responsibility, South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Fuentes said Monday.
Reacting to presentations on current paradigms of development in Mindanao in a
conference, Fuentes said the challenge to political leaders is how to make
She said the problem is not with the development plans, the lack of vision,
and the presence of a movement seeking an Islamic state in Mindanao but for
the local government to function not just in the delivery of social services,
but also in development work, and protection and safety of its constituents.
“Unless local governments become convergence agents that could facilitate
peace and development work in their areas, these plans and programs will
fail,” she said.
“It will afford winning battles, only in villages, not in the whole province
or town,” Fuentes, who chairs the Confederation of Governors, City Mayors and
Municipal Mayors’ League Presidents of Mindanao (Confed), said.
If development fails, she said, local governments must be accountable, not the
non-government organizations and the international donors.
She said local government units have to be “convergence agents” of development
in their areas of responsibilities.