10 Normin LGUs bag good gov­er­nance award

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Man­i­fest­ing ex­cel­lence in lo­cal gov­er­nance, 10 lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) from North­ern Min­danao suc­cess­fully clinched the Seal of Good Lo­cal Gov­er­nance (SGLG) for this year.

For the city govern­ment, El Salvador City re­tained its spot in the list of awardees, while for the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment, the fol­low­ing bagged the seal for this year: (1) Ka­p­ata­gan, Lanao del Norte, (2) Sul­tan Naga Dima­poro, Lanao del Norte, (3) Ko­lam­bugan, Lanao del Norte, (4) Sa­pad, Lanao del Norte, (5) Mara­mag, Bukid­non, (6) Pan­gatu­can, Bukid­non, (7) Sa­gay, Camiguin, (8) Boni­fa­cio, Misamis Oc­ci­den­tal, and (9) Lu­gait, Misamis Oriental.

Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Govern­ment (DILG)10 Re­gional Di­rec­tor Arnel M. Agabe com­mended the said LGUs say­ing that the feat in­di­cates their ex­em­plary ser­vice de­liv­ery—the ser­vice that the pub­lic de­serves.

“It was chal­leng­ing for all of our LGUs to at­tain the SGLG award, and we are proud that 10 of our lo­cal govern­ment units ex­em­pli­fied out­stand­ing per­for­mance, mak­ing them one of the awardees de­spite the el­e­vated SGLG stan­dards,” Agabe said.

SGLG is a yearly award and in­cen­tive pro­gram for per­form­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments to en­cour­age and chal­lenge all prov­inces, cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to im­prove on their per­for­mance and ser­vice de­liv­ery.

For this year, hav­ing the ma­jor up­grade: 4+1 to All-In, the LGU must pass all the ar­eas of (1) Fi­nan­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tion; (2) Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness; (3) So­cial Pro­tec­tion; (4) Peace and Or­der; (5) Busi­ness-Friend­li­ness and Com­pet­i­tive­ness; (6) En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment; and (7) Tourism, Cul­ture and the Arts.

Also, for a prov­ince to qual­ify, 10 per­cent of its com­po­nent cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties must be passers (DILG Me­moran­dum Cir­cu­lar 2018-49, en­ti­tled “2018 Seal of Good Lo­cal Gov­er­nance: Pagk­i­lala sa Kat­a­p­atan at Kahusayan ng Pama­ha­laang Lokal”).

With this, Agabe said that pass­ing the up­graded SGLG in­di­ca­tors is rec­og­niz­ing LGUs not with av­er­age per­for­mance but rather those with ex­cel­lent lo­cal gov­er­nance—which is bet­ter, laud­able and ex­em­plary.

“For those who did not make it to the list, let us not be dis­cour­aged be­cause we still have an­other year to pur­sue for this award,” he said. “Hope­fully by next year, we al­ready have de­liv­ered the re­quired stan­dards given to us, de­spite the pos­si­ble changes of the cri­te­ria.”

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