The local sanggunians of Catarman in Northern Samar, Limasawa in Southern Leyte, Ormoc City and Calbayog City bested the other local legislative councils in the region as they were declared as regional winners in the Local Legislative Awards for 1st to 3rd Class Municipality; 4th to 6th Class Municipality, HUC & Independent Component City, and Component City , respectively.
During the awarding ceremonies, DILG Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. exhorted the awardees and all sanggunians in Eastern Visayas to continue to innovate in order to address problems like poverty, crime and environmental degradation.
“Being awardees you must strive to enhance the quality of your performance beyond administrative compliance, to uphold legislation that responds to the people’s needs and captures a viable vision of the LGU”, said Noval.
The regional champions shall represent the region country during the National Local Legislative Awards (LLA) ceremonies where winners stand to receive P1 Million each in projects.
The runners-up in their respective categories are as follows: 1st to 3rd class municipalities - Hinunangan, Southern Leyte (1st runner-up), Naval, Biliran (2nd runner-up), Sta. Rita, Samar (3rd runner-up), and Tanauan, Leyte (4th runner-up); 4th to 6th class municipalities - Balangiga, Eastern Samar (1st runner-up), Babatngon, Leyte (2nd runner-up), Cabucgayan, Biliran (3rd runner-up); San Isidro, Northern Samar (4th runner-up), and Motiong, Samar (5th runner-up).
The award seeks to highlight innovations and excellence in local legislation to inspire other sanggunians to perform better. Plaques were given to all regional awardees while regional champions received an additional P10,000 pesos cash from the PCL. It was learned further that only regional awardees which garnered an overall point score of at least 85% are eligible to become national nominees.
The award has five criteria: Effectiveness of the Legislative Agenda (35 pts.); Effectiveness of the Legislative Tracking System (10 pts.); Availability of Legislative Documents (10 pts.); Efficiency of Performance of the Sanggunian (35 pts.); and Quality of Office set-up and staff complement (10 pts.)
Also present during the ceremony were League of Municipalities (LMP) – Leyte President and Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla represented her son, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, who was invited to be the Guest Speaker. Leyte Governor Mimiette S. Bagulaya and PCL Regional President Wilson Uy likewise delivered their own short messages. - Myles Joseph E. Colasito