Are we in search of seamless government?

Cielito Habito in his column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote:

In this day and age when holistic sustainable development is the professed goal of nation-building and international cooperation across the globe, such seamless teamwork is essential. The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stressed the need for effective integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of development. This demands that the government entities responsible for these different dimensions achieve a satisfactory degree of coordination and cooperation, starting with knowledge-sharing and culminating in collegial decision-making.

But this is easier said than done. Governments have always been organized along sectoral lines, with each department or ministry taking care of particular sectoral concerns, and each fiercely defending its turf. It is thus necessary and inevitable that consultative and coordinative bodies be formed and regularly convened to force the knowledge-sharing and collegial decision-making that effective pursuit of sustainable development requires.

To his credit, among the first official acts of President Ramos upon his assumption of office (with his Executive Order No. 15) was the creation of the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development, which did not only bring the relevant government agencies together, but included civil society representation as well, for effective government-nongovernment coordination and partnership.

This is what seamless government is all about.

Photo credit: Gil Nartea / Malacañan Photo Bureau

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

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  • UP n Grad,

    I agree with you re: Quirino Grandstand investigations and court-cases. /That/ really leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Utterly disappointing.

  • UP nn grad

    Talk about seamlessness should also acknowledge Malacanang prerogative to undo the talked-about seamless governance when undoing is is for some GOOD. Actual case is when they threw a roadblock right in the middle of things — when it came to Quirino Grandstand investigations and court-cases.

    But seamlessness (cooperation among and “being on the same page” by government agencies) is still a great goal, e.g. so that Ping Lacson (and at least 15 more of the more than 70 individuals who are still roaming around somewhere even though they have been accused of participation in the Maguindanao massacre) can be more quickly found and brought before a Pilipinas Court.