Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
A. Francisco Gold Condominium II, EDSA Diliman, Quezon City
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
September 23, 2010
MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 2010-101
TO : ALL PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS, CITY MAYORS, MUNICIPAL MAYORSS, PRESIDING OFFICERS OF LOCAL SANGGUNIANSS AT ALL LEVELS, DILG REGIONAL DIRECTORS, THE REGIONAL GOVERNOR OF REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANO, AND OTHERS CONCERNED
SUBJECT : BANNING NAMES OR INITIAL AND/OR IMAGES OR PICTURES OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN BILLBOARDS AND SIGNAGES OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND PROPERTIES
The practice of putting up billboards or signages bearing the names, initials and images of government officials on government programs and projects has been noticeably abused and misused by some public officials for their personal interest and has taken the credit away from the taxpayers who are the one paying for such programs through their tax payment.
In pursuit of the President’s directive issued during the 4th Cabinet Meeting held on August 5, 2010, where he directed all members of the Cabinet and other government instrumentalities to refrain from associating the President’s personality and identity in their programs and projects, and pursuant to his Department’s thrust to uphold local governance, practice of putting up billboards and signages and other information materials bearing the names, initials or pictures of government personalities on all government projects, and properties (fire trucks, ambulances, vehicles, etc.) are hereby prohibited.
Towards this end, all Local Chief Executives are hereby deiced to revisit all government projects and properties and to ensure that this policy is strictly observed.
Thus, information on government projects should be limited to the name of the project, and location, contractor, the date when it started and project’s completion date. Official vehicles must only contain the official seal or name of the local government unit. Contact details, such us but not limited to, the website address or email address of the local government unit, may also be allowed. The words “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” should likewise be marked on government vehicles.
All DILG Regional Directors and the ARMM Regional Governor are likewise directed to cause the immediate and widest dissemination of this Memorandum Circular to all government units within their regional assignments and to monitor compliance of this Memorandum Circular.
Jesse M. Robredo