Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cement plant in Taguig accused of improper waste disposal

I stumbled into this report, released October this year, from GMA-7's Imbestigador.


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I hope Imbestigador makes good on its promise to monitor compliance.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Myth of the Human Body Exhibit

Businessworld has an article on the Myth of the Human Body Exhibit presently on view at the Neobabylon Building, 9 Bayani Road, Taguig. Entrance is at Php 350.00. Open Monday to Sunday, 10:30am to 8:30pm.

Here's GMA-7's feature:


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Check out the Facebook page of the exhibit.

Update 23 October 2011: Once you get to Bayani Road, you won't miss it. Facade of the building looks like this:

Taguig: How Not To Create a Local Government Website

According to the Citizen-Centric Website Development Guide issued by the Commission on Information & Communications Technology, the following are the general guidelines to be observed by a local government unit in designing it's website:

The most crucial element of having an online presence is good content . This means that your website must be rich in relevant, up-to-date content that caters to the needs of different users, be they residents, visitors or investors.

Next to content comes presentation. In a citizen-centric website, content must be effectively presented in a way that reflects the needs of the citizens rather than the organizational structure of the LGU.

With these in mind, make an initial assessment of your existing website prior to constructing your new site. Sit down and sort out its existing contents and re-classify them according to the site map prototype provided in this document . Then, based on the results of your assessment , gather all other pertinent data to complete the given site map.

The general rule of thumb for government websites is that they must provide the public with accurate, timely and comprehensive information and services. Side by side with having an online presence is the responsibility to ensure that this rule is adhered to at all times.

Lastly, your website will be your home in cyberspace. From a global point of view, it will serve as the doorway to your LGU. As such, you must take pains to highlight the best assets of your place. Information must not only be properly sorted out but every article to be posted in the site must also be well written and concise.

A cursory glance at the websites of Makati, Quezon City, Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pasay, Marikina, Caloocan and Paranaque will show that the local governments have taken steps to comply with the foregoing guidelines.

In contrast, the Taguig local government's official website has only one distinction - it is pink.


Apart from that, it is not even close to being citizen-centric. There is no content, apart from a Supplemental Bid Bulletin which refers to a bidding process which should have ended on 28 September 2010. It was last updated on 9 September 2010, the administrator apparently unaware of the guideline to provide "relevant, up-to-date content." A person unfamiliar with the city will not even know who the elected public officials are, the contact numbers of the city, the location of the city hall and the programs of government. Again, a reference to the Guide reveals that contact information is one of the most important bits of information which must be indicated in an LGU website:

One of the more important bits of informat ion commonly sought by users about an LGU is its contact information. Thus, make sure that you include your LGU's complete mailing address as well as telephone and fax numbers. Indicate also your LGU's official email address, if any. Be sure to include a mail to link in the email address so users won't have to go far to be able to send their comments or feedback regarding the LGU's services.

Telephone and fax numbers must be preceded by your area code and must be entered using
the following format: (###) ###-####.

Example:
City Government of Zamboanga
City Hall
N.S. Valderroza Street
7000 Zamboanga City
Philippines
Telephone Numbers: (062) 991-4526, 991-2295
Fax Number: (062) 991-1889
Email: mayor@zamboanga.gov.ph

Moreover, immediately below the contact informat ion, provide a feedback form where
users can directly enter and submit their comments, suggestions, queries or complaints
regarding the local government, its services, projects and even employees.


Four months into office, the present crop of local officials can't even come up with a decent website.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Know your public servants-Part 1

For those interested, the following won in the May 2010 local elections in Taguig:

Mayor: MARIA LAARNI LOPEZ CAYETANO
Vice-Mayor: GEORGE AQUINO ELIAS


1st District composed of Bagumbayan, Bambang, Calzada, Hagonoy, Ibayo-Tipas, Ligid-Tipas, Lower Bicutan, New Lower Bicutan, Napindan, Palingon, San Miguel, Santa Ana, Tuktukan, Ususan and Wawa

Congressman: ARNEL CERAFICA

Councilors:

RONNETTE OSORIO FRANCO
GAMALIEL NATIVIDAD SAN PEDRO
RODERICK CARLOS BERROYA PAPA
BALTAZAR TIÑGA MARIATEGUE
JAIME ROLDAN LABAMPA
BABY GLORIA VALENZUELA DE MESA
RODIL CARLOS MARCELINO
CARLITO MAGUNDAYAO OGALINOLA

2nd District composed of Central Bicutan, Central Signal Village, Fort Bonifacio, Katuparan, Maharlika Village, North Daang Hari, North Signal Village, Pinagsama, South Daang Hari, South Signal Village, Tanyag, Upper Bicutan and Western Bicutan

Congressman: SIGFRIDO TINGA

Councilors:

AURELIO PAULO REYES BARTOLOME
MILAGROS FLAVIER VALENCIA
ESTELA ACOSTA GASGONIA ESTEL
RICARDO JAMANDRON JORDAN
MICHELLE ANNE BALUYUT GONZALES
ERWIN GUMABO MANALILI
JEFFREY BOADO MORALES
EDWIN TORRE ERON

Next up, the winners in the barangay elections, assuming I can find the results somewhere.