Isko Moreno to Manila folk: Feel my presence, reach me via social media
MANILA, Philippines – Incoming Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Sunday announced that his administration will adopt an “open government policy” and use “the power of technology and the reach of social media to crowdsource ideas and implement best practices” during his term as Manila’s 27th mayor.
Social media will likewise be tapped to punish bad behavior and reward good performance.
“Bukas ang isipan sa mga makabagong paraan. Bukas sa mga modernong ideya. Bukas sa mga suhestyon na nagmula sa mga mamamayan mismo (We are open to new, modern ideas. We are open to suggestions from the people),” Moreno said in his inaugural speech at the Manila City Hall.
“Isang tweet o chat lang sa Messenger, feel ko na kayo. Feel na rin ninyo ang presence ko. Sundan ninyo ang live feeds ko, habang tinutulak natin ang pagbabago (Just reach us via social media, I will hear you. And you will feel my presence. Follow my live feeds as we pursue change),” he added.
Moreno likened his administration to a “grassroots electronic democracy,” saying that if the public wants to win the future, “we cannot run on the software of the past.”
Moreno then assured the citizens of Manila that they will have access to the local government’s financial records, transactions and other documents.
“Walang tinatago, walang ikinukubli (We will not conceal anything),” Moreno added. (Editor: Gilbert S. Gaviola)
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