A PIDS study revealed that community people treat their local government officials, particularly those at the barangay and provincial levels, with high regard, generally considering them worthy of their trust and as a source of assistance in times of need. Public trust in government and strengthened solidarity are aspects of social capital that can increase community participation in the development programs run by the government. Implementing programs with transparency and accountability is important to gain public trust. The involvement of citizens in program planning and implementation can also help build among them a sense of ownership and a common purpose. Know more about the PIDS publication titled “Exploring the Presence of Cognitive Social Capital in Philippine Communities” here: https://www.pids.gov.ph/publications/6763
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