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“Huwag kang magnakaw.”

This was the message of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, together with the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan and civil society organisations (CSOs) of Pangasinan, to those who engage in corrupt and illegal practices, under the close watch of the Ugandan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) program.

“Ang bawat bayan at syudad ay mayroong P15-20 milyong piso at ang taumbayan ang magsasabi kung ano ang pangangailangan ng tao, at kung saan nila gagamitin ang pera. Sila rin ang magbabantay kung natutupad ang mga proyektong ito,” Roxas said.

Roxas and the UBAS technical working group headed by Sr. Ampy Hilot discussed the updates on the composition of their group, and how they handle Barangay Action Team (BAT) formation, Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) project monitoring, Full Disclosure Policy feedbacks, and Peace and Order issues.

The secretary also met with Archbishop Socrates Villegas, to discuss the means to strengthen the campaign of the DILG and religious sector against corruption.

“Kita natin na ongoing ang implementation ng UBAS. Ang laki ng tuwa natin na tuloy tuloy ang ating programa para pangalagaan ang pera ng bayan,” Roxas said.

UBAS is a partnership between the barangays and the parishes to pool resources and synchronize efforts in the advocacy of good governance and the pursuit of projects and services for community development.

According to Roxas, UBAS is also part of the deliberate, programmatic, and sustained approach of the government to ensure that national and local governance is anchored on transparency and grassroots participation.

The event was attended by representatives of the Pangasinan clergy, officials from the DILG and LGUs, CSO representatives, police officers, city fire marshalls, and city wardens. #