The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday launched two coffee table books showcasing its water supply and local road projects through creative photography and narrative storytelling.
The 71-page “Tubig Para sa Lahat” and 102-page “Samu’t Saring Kwentong Kalye”, which were documented and published by the Office of Project Development Services (OPDS), capture the stories of change brought about by water and road projects of the DILG to Filipino families in rural areas.
“These coffee table books are artistic forms of transparency and accountability to the Filipino people. The government embraces innovative change in reporting to the Filipino people and brings about change down to community-level,” said DILG Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno.
Alongside the campaign against illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption, Sueno assures that the DILG is on track in providing basic needs of Filipinos for decent living and socioeconomic prosperity.
For the past few years, he said, the DILG through its OPDS has been implementing Sagana at Ligtas ng Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG), Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB)-Provision of Potable Water Supply, and Pro-Water, a Spanish-funded program under the iWaSH Governance.
Furthermore, Department is also active in the implementation of local road projects through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB)- Local Access, Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan ang Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA), and the new program called Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM).
The DILG Secretary underscored that from 2012-2016, the Department has completed 590 potable water supply projects through SALINTUBIG and another 2,107 projects through the BuB Potable Water Supply Projects from 2013 to 2016.
Meanwhile, 670 completed local road projects of the Department were done under the BuB Local Access project.
“Unfortunately, only we in the DILG and our partner local government units (LGUs) and agencies know about the thousands of locally-funded projects on potable water supply and local roads that we have accomplished. The public have not even heard of these projects. What is being highlighted in the media about the DILG is more about the interior sector, the police and the war on drugs. Pero iyong mga nagawa nating patubig at kalsada para sa mga liblib na munisipyo, hindi alam ng nakakarami,” he said.
However, he said, “These coffee table books do not boast of the accomplishments of the Department. It is the perspective of beneficiaries themselves whose lives have improved because of these basic projects that in highly-urbanized cities are dismissed as ordinary.”
During the launch held at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere A. Panadero said: “It may seem that those photos are nothing but images but for those people in the communities, the projects are life-transforming.”
“We still have thousands of undocumented stories of hope, change, and joy. The DILG will continue to deliver inspiring stories of good governance,” he added
He said that the “Tubig Para sa Lahat” and “Samu’t Saring Kwentong Kalye” coffee table books will be distributed to LGUs to move and motivate local governments further in good governance. Electronic copies of the books will soon be available at www.dilg.gov.ph.
Also present during the activity were DILG officials led by Assistant Secretaries Epimaco Densing and Hamid Ladjakahal, OPDS Director Rolyn Zambales, as well as representatives from Maynilad, Local Water Utilities Administration, Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and other partner agencies.