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.
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