Our best kept secret
FIVE out of the 16 cities in the National Capital Region were recently awarded the 2016 Seal of Good Governance (SGLG) by the Department of the Interior and Local Government; one of which was the City of Pasay.
Formerly called the “Seal of Good Housekeeping”, this award given by the DILG seeks to: (1) Sustain the practice of transparency and accountability in the use of public funds; (2) Prepare for challenges posed by disasters; (3) Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society; (4) Encourage investments and employment; (5) Protect constituents from threats to life and security; and (6) Safeguard the integrity of the environment.
Introduced by the late and former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo in 2011, the SGLG monitors and awards LGUs with good performance in internal housekeeping specifically in the areas of local legislation, development planning, resource generation, and resource allocation.
SGLG’s predecessor, the Seal of Good Housekeeping, only measured the levels of compliance to the Department’s Full Disclosure Policy, particularly in the areas of budget, revenues and procurement, among others, having no adverse COA findings, as well as meeting the requirements of Anti-Red Tape Act.
Incumbent Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael “Mike” D. Sueno has urged all local government units (LGUs) which were conferred with the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) and the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Award (LTIA) to “look forward to new challenges under federalism”.
“Let us continue this journey of good local governance, of decentralization and local autonomy and look forward to new challenges under a federal system of government,” said Sueno. The DILG Secretary made the remarks during the culminating ceremony of the 25th anniversary of Local Government Code (LGC) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
The SGLG awardees will receive an incentive fund called Performance Challenge Fund, and will be able to access other DILG projects. According to Sueno, passing the test of good governance means having complied with all the requirements of the following core areas: (1) Financial administration; (2) Disaster preparedness and social protection; (3) Business-friendliness and competitiveness; (4) Peace and order; and (5) Environmental management.
On the other hand, the four outstanding lupong tagapamayapa awards are: (highly urbanized cities category) Barangay City Heights, General Santos City; (component cities) Barangay 1 San Lorenzo, Laoag City; (first to third class municipalities) Barangay Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato; and (fourth to sixth class municipalities) Barangay Hingatungan, Silago, Southern Leyte. The first runners-up in the four categories are Barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City; Barangay Tuding, Itogon, Benguet; Barangay Cataning, Balanga City; and Barangay Gugo, Samal, Bataan. The second runners-up are: Barangay San Bartolome, District V, Quezon City; Barangay Kitang II/Luz, Limay, Bataan; Barangay Dagupan Centro, City of Tabuk and Barangay Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet.
The Lupong Tagapamayapa national awardees will each receive P300,000 and a trophy; the first runners-up will get P100,000 and a plaque of recognition, and the second runners-up will get P75,000 and a plaque of recognition. During the ceremony, Sueno also urged the awardees to ‘do more, engage and connect’ with the citizens to be able to improve public service delivery.
“We urge you to do more. Do not stop with the Seal or the Lupong Tagapamayapa Award. There is much more to these awards than the prestige and the cash rewards attached to them,” said Sueno. “Instead, engage more. Connect. Interact with the public and other sectors, and listen to their concerns. Find ways on how you can improve your services and systems. Take extra efforts to raise the standards of your services,” he added. The Local Government Code is a landmark piece of legislation that revolutionized local governance as it devolved powers and authority from the national to the local governments.
“The SGLG bestowed upon the City of Pasay is not just a recognition of the efforts we have done as a local government unit but a continuing challenge as well for us to do better in the succeeding years. We owe it to the people of Pasay to be public servants vis-à-vis the mandate they have given us when we were elected into office,” expressed Mayor Antonino G. Calixto in relation to this award.
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