In a bid for total transparency (or perhaps as an attempt to reach the youth) new Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered that all the capital’s project biddings be live-streamed on social media.
He signed the executive order mandating this yesterday, according to a statement posted by the Manila Public Information Office Facebook page.
Apart from biddings, procurement, contract signings, and official city officers’ meetings will also be live streamed.
Under the new executive order, updates on new projects and activities must also be published on social media within 24 hours of its issuance or approval. This will include new executive orders, appointments, ordinances, and approval of projects and activities, among other things.
All Manila city government departments will have social media officers who have been tasked to create Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.
The mayor said that he also wants to use social media to hear feedback from citizens and crowdsource ideas from the public.
Moreno is part of a new breed of young mayors in Metro Manila who managed to beat longtime politicians. He won against the then-incumbent Manila mayor and former President Erap Estrada in the May mid-term elections and has been all over social media since taking office on Monday.
On his first day, Moreno took to Facebook Live to call out the University of the East for not suspending classes for college students despite the rain. As of this article’s posting, his Facebook page already published seven updates just for today.
Filipinos are very active on social media. A study released by local pollster Social Weather Stations on Saturday revealed that Filipinos consume news more through Facebook than newspapers. The social media platform is only second to television as a top news source.