* Maasin and Tacloban Cities are runner-up
BAYBAY CITY took the top plum of this year’s regional winner for cities of the Seal of Good Local Governance. The city’s ranking is fol-lowed by Maasin City and Tacloban City.
The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), an incentive program of the Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) symbolizes integrity and good performance through continuing governance re-form and sustained local development.
This year’s award is based on the cities’ perfor-mance on various indicators for 2014-2015. Joining the cities are 23 SGLG winner-munici-palities. They are: (Leyte) Alang-alang, Barugo, Leyte, San Isidro and Tabango. From Eastern Samar, Gui-uan, Oras, Salcedo and Sulat. From Samar: Basey, Calbiga, Daram, Ganda-ra, Motiong and Villareal. From Northern Samar the winners are Lapinig and Lavezares. From Southern Leyte: Liloan, Macrohon, Padre Burgos, Saint Ber-nard, San Ricardo and So-god. The town of Barugo is the already the region’s three-time SGLG winner.
In a press conference on Popularizing and Sustain-ing the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Gains on Monday, November 20, this week at Ironwood Hotel in Tacloban City, Re-gional Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo of the DILG said, “Good governance is everybody’s business, not just that of local govern-ment units (LGUs), DILG or of national government.
Good governance is equiva-lent to creating better life for the people.” She also lauded the winning LGUs for this “har-vest of good governance” due to receptiveness among mayors of the SGLG. DILG-8 initiated a se-ries of dialogs with LGUs and partner agencies and focused on closer mentor-ing to address the most challenging SGLG indica-tors. She also sought the help of media and the pub-lic in creating a climate of good local governance by using SGLG indicators in demanding better perfor-mance from local officials.
The press conference led off with an overview of the SGLG by Pia Love-te, Chief of DILG-8 Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division, followed by the welcome remarks of DILG RD Sacen-doncillo. Present to share their insights were Mayors Ma. Rosario C. Avestruz of Ba-rugo, Leyte; Ma. Luisa A. Menzon of Lapinig, Northern Samar; Atty. Melchor L. Melgar of Salcedo, Eastern Samar; Arnold James Ysidoro of Leyte, Leyte; Hermenigildo Culpa of Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte; as well as Atty. Irene Chiu representing Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez of Tacloban City.
The mayors, who will receive their awards in Manila on November 27, 2017, expressed gratitude to their hardworking employees and community for the SGLG award. They expressed resolve to sustain their efforts in complying with the expected new indicators in next year’s SGLG evaluation. The 2017 SGLG follows the “4+1 principle” where LGUs must pass all four Core areas:
1) Financial Administration,
2) Disaster Preparedness,
3) Social Protection, and
4) Peace and Order, which was added this year as a Core area.
The areas considered Essential, which LGUs must pass at least one are: Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Tourism, Culture and the Arts; and Environmental Protection. SGLG winners can access the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), which may be used for projects such as disaster risk reduction and management, local economic development, potable water and construction of local water impounding stations. With a PR from Rena Fabilane, & Myles Joseph Colasito/ DILG