MANILA, Philippines - Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian believes one legacy left behind by the late Secretary Jesse Robredo is a depoliticized Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Gatchalian said Robredo did not use the DILG for politics. Instead, he helped provinces and municipalities in need of funds and necessary services.
He said local government officials are hopeful Robredo's successor will not use the department to reward friends and punish political critics.
"My experience with the DILG is - it's a tool to tame uncooperative [locah government units]. To a certain extent, it's the attack dog of whoever sits in Malacañang. I remember many times if LGUs did not cooperate, DILG can get you into trouble," he said.
Gatchalian said the Robredo-type of good governance evens out the playing field since not all mayors and governors "suck up" to those in higher authority.
The Valenzuela mayor said governors and mayors will be disappointed if the DILG reverts to previous practices.