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DILG bags international award in SoKor for SGLG study

May 2, 2018

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) added another feather in its cap as it bagged an international award in a global conference held in South Korea for its notable study and recommendations on good local governance.

The Department’s regional office in Cagayan Valley earned the Best Practice Award for its study entitled “Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG): The Blueprint in Defining and Directing DILG Region 2 Programs, Projects and Activities Implementation and Service Delivery.”

The award was presented during the International Association for Public Human Resource Development (IAPHRD)’s 4th International Conference at the Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul.

DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano lauded DILG Region 2 for initiating the study whose objective is for the DILG to maximize the SGLG results by coming up with responsive interventions such as capacity development, technical assistance, or policies that will further enable and empower local government units (LGUs).

“My commendations to the DILG Cagayan Valley regional management for harnessing the results of SGLG in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of LGUs in your region in order to assist them to improve their governance performance for the benefit of the people,” he said.

For the past three years, the SGLG annually conferred by the DILG has been a badge of honor and pride to LGUs that meet good governance standards.

Three personnel of DILG Region 2 conducted the study and presented it in the IAPHRD paper conference in South Korea with the theme “Advancing Strategic and Humanistic Public Human Resource Governance for Innovation and Public Value.”

Local Government Operations Officers Maybelle E. Anog, Kelinda A. Vidad and Ricarte M. Castro presented the SGLG as an effective mechanism of the DILG in improving local governance and creating champions in LGUs in the Philippines.

They have beaten representatives from 11 countries namely South Korea, Haiti, Rwanda, Ecuador, Tanzania, Bahamas, Cambodia, Nepal, Mozambique, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Indonesia.

“We are grateful that we did this study that has paved way for the DILG's SGLG to be recognized in the international arena. The SGLG proves to inspire not just LGUs in the Philippines but our international development partners as well,” said Vidad.

She shared that Sungkyunkwan University partnered with DILG Region 2 to do another research on SGLG that will be presented in Switzerland.

Regional Director Jonathan Paul M. Leusen Jr. assured that this feat of the regional office is “just a beginning in enhancing its banner and strategy dubbed #R2GETHER that stands for 'Region 2 Guarantees Every Task is Harmoniously done with Excellent Result' through the conduct of a 3-in-1 activity of connecting, converging, and convening.”