Malabon bags top Department of Interior and Local Government award

November 06, 2018
Epimaco V Densing III
DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III hands over the Seal of Good Local Government award to Malabon City Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III (R) in yesterday’s awarding ceremony at Manila Hotel.

THE city government of Malabon once again was accorded the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) for this year by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Mayor Antolin Oreta III received the SGLG marker along with North Luzon and National Capital Region (NCR) outstanding local chief executives during a simple but well-attended gathering of government leaders at the Manila Hotel yesterday.

Deemed the highest award given to local government units (LGUs), an SGLG awardee should pass governance criteria, including transparency and accountability, disaster preparedness, social services accessibility by most needy constituents, peace and order, business friendliness, environmental integrity and tourism and cultural heritage program implementation.

Mayor Oreta was pleased that the city has consistently gained the recognition under his administration, elevating the stature of Malabon among elite Metropolitan cities.

DILG Dir. Emmanuel Borromeo congratulated the city for “passing on all the set criteria for the award.” He is confident that the local leadership shall continue to do well even as the criteria for granting said award is raised notches higher in the coming years.

“This award entitles the city to the Performance Challenge Fund amounting to 5.1 million to be used in its development program,” Borromeo said.

The city was bestowed the seal for the second time, after  being issued Good Financial Housekeeping Certification and a post-compliance SGLG award in two previous years.

Focused programs in education, health, housing, employment and livelihood, infrastructure, tourism and peace and order have been relentless and intensified in the city during these recent years.

Malabon also recently received Meralco Luminaries award for tourism innovation in 2017, most reduced crime acknowledgement by the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Metro Manila, most number of rehabilitated drug offenders and anti-drug education by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), numerous commendation by the National Nutrition Commission (NNC) for outstanding nutrition program implementation, among other citations this year.

Mayor Oreta cited the exemplary performance and participation of city employees, various civil society organizations, the constituents and other stakeholders, contributory to achieving the award.

Being included in the ranks attest that Malabon City can be among the best cities of the land, adhering to the national government’s vision of bringing about inclusive growth, high trust society, and globally competitive economy, Mayor Oreta expressed.

The current accomplishment also post a challenge to strive more in its continuing thrusts in progress, development and ease of doing business in the city, Oreta stressed.