CORPORATION WILL IMPLEMENT REGIONAL TRANSPARENCY OBSERVATORY
FOLLOWING THE SIGNING OF AN AGREEMENT WITH THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TRANSPARENCY, PRESIDENT ALVARO ROJAS SAID THAT CONTRIBUTING IN THAT AREA "IS A WAY OF IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF PUBLIC MANAGEMENT".
May 3, 2016
Our University is the first higher educational institution in the country to implement a transparency Observatory, through the application of citizen participation tools to strengthen the abilities of people to access public information. The purpose is to promote a culture of transparency in the Maule Region.
In this regard, President Álvaro Rojas said that, historically, the University has been governed by transparency rules and the institution, as a public entity, is interested in collaborating on this much relevant topic. "The public sector often suffers from bad reputation, which is strongly associated with problems concerning corruption or lack of transparency as in all countries of the world, but this hurts us here in Chile," he said.
In that context, he expressed that "we are always surprised when we see a series of facts that do not qualify as public services as they should ". In addition, he said that to contribute to good governance practices, the Observatory will carry out actions focused mainly at the municipal level. It also involves training the students of the Schools of Law and Public Administration.
This new task of the Corporation originates in an agreement with the National Council for Transparency, whose General Director, Raúl Ferrada, pointed out that our Academic Institution is the first University in the country to agree in the implementation of a joint work with this body that plans to create six observatories in the country this year. "It is a fact that this confidence crisis is so entrenched that, paradoxically, it has evolved in very negative terms together with the positive ones, which has been the implementation of the Transparency Law," he said.
The agreement was signed in the meeting room of the President’s Office. Academic Vice President, Gilda Carrasco; the Comptroller of the University, Johann Allesch; the General Secretary, María Fernanda Vásquez; the head of the Council for Transparency’s Intelligence and Business Unit, Daniel Pefaur; the Director of the School of Public Administration, Gustavo Rayo and other academics from the Department of Law and Social Sciences were present at the ceremony.
The mission of the Council is to promote and cooperate in the construction and institutionalization of the culture of transparency, guaranteeing the right of citizens to access public information. This objective fits with the Mission of the University, in terms of generating knowledge in various subjects and to train professionals and public servants of excellence, who can affect the quality of public policies and contribute to the sustainable development of Chile and Latin America.
Gustavo Rayo, Director of the School of Public Administration, a unit which will be the technical counterpart in the Agreement, explained that "the work will start at the Department in Santiago and Talca with courses that will study how certain issues are being addressed in the municipalities of Talca, Maule and San Clemente". He explained that "some aspects will be analysed, such as free access to public information, the lobby law, accountability and active transparency, instruments that seek to make daily public service transparent for citizens ".
He added that this work will have an expansive dynamics, because it intends to train community-based organizations and other groups so that they exercise the citizen's right of access to public information, for example on granting housing subsidies or how to manage the procedures concerning the waiting lists in hospitals.
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