Transparent society, advanced society
[Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 112]
Recently, I heard very good news that made my day. Social welfare facilities in Seoul, which number more than 1,500, decided to disclose the details of their use of budget support provided by Seoul City through the Internet on a monthly basis. People have developed a prejudice against social welfare facilities due to the involvement in wrongdoings or irregularities by some of them. The decision to be completely transparent in their operations will go a long way in restoring trust in such facilities.
The facilities that will follow said decision are those engaging in activities for senior citizens, handicapped, children, women, general social welfare, homeless, and those striving to return to society or for self-rehabilitation.
I feel grateful to all of those who decided to comply with Seoul City’s guidelines. It is only natural for the details concerning the use of taxpayers’ money to be disclosed, but the reality was far from such.
I have always believed that transparency is the core of anti-corruption, serving as a barometer of the level of development of civilization in a country. The more transparent a society is, the more advanced it is. Transparency and accountability are most important in our society as we make efforts to join the ranks of the world’s most advanced societies.
In that regard, most of the official documents, materials, and database handled by Seoul City are being disclosed. I intend to make Seoul the most transparent city in the world, and I am encouraging Seoul City officials to behave confidently and in a fair and square manner. Such decision by welfare facilities is believed to be a meaningful step.
The other day, I announced a plan to have all those in charge of apartment management disclose the details of the expenses they incurred. I will do the same for all childcare centers. All these will show that Seoul City is setting an example for others to follow.
The mayor’s office in the newly built Seoul City Hall. Its inside is visible from the outside.