Center-piece Integrity Program and Mascot “Super-i” Formally Launched in South Cotabato Festivities
July 29, 2016
KORONADAL, 11 July 2016 – In the midst of the opening activities of the T’nalak Festival and the 50th foundation anniversary of the province of South Cotabato, Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes led the provincial LGU in launching the South Cotabato for Integrity and Jobs program. Also called the “i-South Cotabato”, the program is the province’s “own version and local adaptation of Project I4J”.
Describing the people of the province as a “community of weavers”, Governor Fuentes proclaimed that the provincial government has also adopted i-South Cotabato’s theme of “Weaving our Commitment to Integrity and Excellent Service”.
T’nalak is the traditional cloth and tapestry produced by the T’boli, a group of indigenous people found in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato coming in three prime colors of red, black and the original colour of the Abaca leaves.
“Super-i”, a comics-style super-hero mascot of the “i-South Cotabato” Integrity Program” was also introduced to the public and was among the important attractions during the morning’s grand parade which lasted for two hours.
First announced during the Grand Opening Parade of the weeklong T’nalak and Golden Anniversary celebrations, “Super-i” and the “i-South Cotabato Integrity Program” was also mentioned by the Governor in her remarks during the Mass Dance Competition at the South Cotabato Sports Complex participated in by hundreds of dancers belonging to eight competing groups.
The launching activity also featured a series of video presentations introducing the various aspects of the “i-South Cotabato Integrity Program”, including its focus in improving public services, business registration and promotion activities and the Integrity Circle that was established.
A brief media forum was conducted on-stage which discussed the importance of “i-South Cotabato Program” and how it will contribute to job generation. This was participated in by Governor Fuentes and the key officers of the Integrity Circle, including the IC Chairperson, Sister Susan Bolano, as well as a representative of the I4J Project Team, Mr. Rodolfo Vicerra.
The Integrity Circle and the provincial LGU’s technical working group crafted a four pronged approach to their integrity building programs. This approach was based on the Dr. Caren Levy’s Web of Institutionalization which revolved around the four spheres of elements, namely:
– the Citizen Sphere, which focuses on the experiences of citizen involvement in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs and projects. The “i-South Cotabato Program” adopted the theme “i-Dream” to take into account the various interactions and different integrity interests with the provincial government as direct and indirect stakeholders – clients, suppliers, contractors, partners, private sector representatives in local special bodies, implementer, etc.
– the Policy Sphere, which centers on the policy framework and plans in place in the provincial government that support integrity including the financial resources in the budgets of the PLGU that support Integrity policies and mechanisms. The theme “i-Design” represents the level of political commitment of the local organizational leadership to incorporate integrity into the policies and activities of the provincial government.
– the Organizational Sphere highlights the clarity of the location of responsibility for integrity issues in the provincial government and partner organizations. The adopted theme of “i-Weave” indicates the extent to which current organizational management, administrative and internal procedures manifest a culture of integrity and ensure that integrity is upheld and practiced by all employees and how the working environment promotes a culture of integrity (in recruitment, training, and promotions).
– the Delivery Sphere, with the adopted theme of “i-Serve” focuses on the extent to which integrity is mainstreamed and integrated into the different stages of the service delivery. It considers the overall extent to which policies, organizational systems, procedures and mechanisms result in service delivery founded on integrity.
The province was the first to craft a set of 24 Integrity Mechanisms that were fully adopted by the provincial government aimed at improving the services that it provides and enhancing governance, transparency, and accountability for the organization, among staff and other support groups.
Governor Fuentes declared that the “i-South Cotabato Integrity Program” is the centrepiece governance program for the entire province.
Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs Coordination Office
5/F Cambridge Centre, 108 Tordesillas Corner Gallardo Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227, Philippines
Phone: (632) 819-7530 / Fax: (632) 893-6198