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Domogan’s leadership style is participative and integrative
THE DEPARTMENT HEADS, City Hall, Baguio City

In reference to the column of Atty. Benny Carantes published in the May 5 issue of the Courier wherein he stated that the City Mayor “made City Hall his personal golf course or turf (where) no one, not his department heads (or) the city council could tell him what needed to be done,” please allow us to set the record straight for the enlightenment of the public.

In all aspects of governance, there is always the involvement of planning wherein all stakeholders, private or public, are actively involved in the crafting of the city’s development plan that serves as the blueprint on how the priority projects of the local government will be undertaken.

This process is stipulated in the various issuances from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Budget and Management, and other agencies and must be followed regardless of who the mayor is.

After the inputs of the stakeholders are gathered, it is the City Development Council (CDC), which is composed of barangay and city officials and the civil society groups accredited by the local government that prioritizes the high impact development projects that must be funded not only by concerned government agencies but also the local government. The priority projects are included in the city’s Annual Investment Plan (AIP), which is the source of the list of projects that will be provided funding in the city’s annual budget.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan, being the chief executive and CDC chair, steers the programs and activities for the accomplishment of the targets in the city development plan and we believe that, all his actions were within the parameters of the approved plan and within his mandate as a civil servant bound by Civil Service laws.

Policy-making responsibilities rest with the city council and the executive department led by the mayor merely implements the said policies with the department heads.

Being career employees, the department heads are also governed by the same Civil Service laws, which allow us autonomy to make our own decisions and actions.

Besides, in the past nine years or so of closely working with the mayor, we have come to know his leadership style as participative and integrative.  He is one leader who encourages the involvement of the department heads in the decision-making.  He listens to our suggestions and supports us in implementing the same.

We hope that this corrects the negative impression and wrong conclusions that Atty. Carantes’ statement may have created that tend to affect the overall image of the local government. We remain.

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