5 towns in Region 8 earn DILG’s ‘Seal of Good Local Governance’
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
August 20, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY – Two
provinces and 5 towns in Eastern Visayas passed the 2014 Seal of Good
Local Governance (SGLG) of the Department of the Interior and Local
DILG-8 Regional Director
Pedro A. Noval Jr. revealed today that the SGLG awardees in Region 8
are the provinces of Biliran and Northern Samar, and the
municipalities of Barugo, Carigara and Jaro in Leyte; Limasawa in
Southern Leyte; and Gandara in Samar.
The seven winning LGUs
passed all three (3) SGLG Core Indicators namely, Disaster
Preparedness, Social Protection, and Good Financial Housekeeping; and
at least one (1) other Essential Indicator (either Business
Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order, and/or Environment)
to earn the highly coveted award.
Dir. Noval expressed
happiness that seven local government units (LGUs) here were able to
pass the high standards of the SGLG in its first year of
implementation. He is optimistic that more will be able to earn the
SGLG nod in the coming years.
“Most LGUs in Eastern
Visayas are actually passers of the Seal of Good Financial
Housekeeping (SGFH), and if they are able to maintain that and perform
well on DRRM and other indicators, it would enable them to cop the
SGLG award,“ Dir. Noval said. He said LGUs in the region could improve
more on Social Protection, particularly on compliance to the
Accessibility Law for persons with disabilities.
DILG Secretary Mar Roxas
launched SGLG in 2014 to build on the successful run of the Seal of
Good Housekeeping (SGH) that was introduced by his predecessor the
late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo. SGLG challenges LGUs to continue good
governance practices and improve basic services, in addition to
measuring their compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy and
observance of COA guidelines.
To ensure objectivity, DILG
cross-posted DILG field officers during the evaluations. The SGLG
criteria is a product of a series of workshops and consultations with
trained DILG personnel.
Dir. Noval said DILG shall
hold appropriate awards rites this September in each winning LGU,
where the SGLG Marker will be formally conferred and installed in a
conspicuous area in the municipal hall.
Further, SGLG recipients
will have the opportunity to avail of the DILG Performance Challenge
Fund (PCF) to be used for development projects. Under SGLG, the PCF
incentive fund for each winning province is P7 million, while for
municipalities it is now P3 million each – up from P1 million under