CITY OF ILAGAN – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Isabela province is pinning its hope that all of the province’s three cities and 34 municipalities, including the Isabela provincial government, will pass this year’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) with flying colors.
Elpidio A. Durwin, DILG Isabela Provincial Director, said that “it is my dream that every city and municipality of the province, together with the Isabela provincial government, will succeed in the 2014 SGLG so that they will be given cash incentives and get some other benefits from national government agencies to be able to provide better public services .”
He said his office took the initiative of conducting a one-day and two-batch “Orientation on the 2014 Implementation of the Seal of Good Local Governance” on April 29-30, 2014 at two separate venues in the province to better prepare the city, municipal and provincial governments for the 2014 SGLG regional assessment and validation to be carried-out in the months of May and June, this year.
Simultaneous with the conduct of the said activity on the first day, Durwin shared that the local chief executives in the province were oriented on the DILG’s SGLG program during the fourth regular meeting of the League of Mayors of the Philippines (LMP)-Isabela Chapter held in Roxas town for them to have a better appreciation and understanding of and ensure their support to the program.
Held at the Isabela Hotel in Cauayan City on the first day and Piazza Zicarelli Hotel and Restaurant in the municipality of Gamu on the second day, the activity mustered the attendance of 209 participants composed of Provincial Administrator, Provincial Treasurer, City/Municipal Accountants, City/Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers, City/Municipal Social Welfare Officers, City/Municipal Business Permits and Licensing Officers, City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers, City/Municipal Environment and Natural Officers, and City/Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators.
The participants were familiarized on the SGLG’s three non-negotiable core assessment areas (Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection and Disaster Preparedness) and three essential assessment areas (Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order, and Environmental Management) and Data Capture Forms (DCFs) to be used during the SGLG regional assessment and validation activities which will involve documentary analysis, interview and on-site or ocular inspection by the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) composed of the DILG officers and Civic Society Organization representatives.
The speakers were LGOOs VI Marietta F. Abalus, Mary Anne B. Planas, Emmanuel D. Borromeo and Agnes A. de Leon, and LGOOs V Karen Joy C. Pablico-Castro, Love Angel Peredo-Zinampan and Ma. Ruby Rose Guiquing-Baccay.
Originated from the DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping which was pilot-tested in 2010 to promote transparency and accountability in local operations, the SGLG has been introduced to challenge local governments across the country to continue good governance practices while providing better services to the public.
To be an SGLG recipient, an LGU must follow the “3 plus 1” principle. This means that the LGU needs to pass all the three core assessment areas and at least one of the three essential assessment areas.
Durwin said, however, that it would be better for all LGUs in the province to pass all the core and essential assessment areas considering that the Department will choose only 40 percent of all LGUs in the country to become 2014 SGLG recipients.
As an SGLG recipient, an LGU will qualify to the Department’s Performance Challenge Fund for CY 2015; have an access to window programs of national government agencies, and can secure multi-million loans from various financing institutions. By Vincent G. Dela Rosa, LGOO III/Provincial Information Officer