Narra wins good gov­er­nance seal

Palawan News - - TOWNS - (With re­ports from Ger­ardo Reyes) By Keith An­thony Fabro

Narra was the only awardee from Palawan of the Seal of Good Lo­cal Gov­er­nance (SGLG) for the third straight year.

Narra joined three other lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) in the MIMAROPA re­gion Cala­pan City and Vic­to­ria, Ori­en­tal Min­doro; and Sablayan, Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro to be awarded the SGLG.

They are among the 263 LGUs na­tion­wide to be awarded by the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­er­nance (DILG) set on Novem­ber 7 in Manila.

As a SGLG awardee, this means Narra has met all of the re­quire­ments in the “core ar­eas,” such as fi­nan­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion, dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness, so­cial pro­tec­tion, and peace and or­der.

All SGLG awardees have also passed all of the re­quire­ments in the “es­sen­tial ar­eas,” namely busi­ness friend­li­ness and com­pet­i­tive­ness, en­v­i­ron- men­tal man­age­ment, and tourism cul­ture and the arts.

“This pres­ti­gious award means your of­fi­cials are do­ing well in gov­er­nance,” Narra Mayor Lu­cena De­maala told Palawan News on Wed­nes­day.

De­maala said they at­trib­uted the award to the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment’s sound fi­nan­cial man­age­ment as at­tested by the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit (COA).

“We re­ceived no ad­verse COA find­ings which are very im­por­tant for us LGUs to ac­cess fund” to sup­port lo­cal govern­ment pro­grams and projects,” she pointed out.

The DILG eval­u­ated 81 prov­inces, 145 cities and 1,489 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for the SGLG award.

This year’s num­ber of awardees, how­ever, went down com­pared 448 in 2017 and 308 in 2016.

DILG pro­vin­cial di­rec­tor Mario Da­quer ear­lier told Palawan News that other towns failed to qual­ify mainly be­cause of the de­layed im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Last year, three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Palawan were con­ferred with SGLG, in­clud­ing “Hall of Famer” Brooke’s Point, and also Sofro­nio Es­pañola. Puerto Princesa City got its sec­ond SGLG in the city cat­e­gory.

In Jan­uary, the pro­vin­cial DILG said Palawan LGUs started to face tougher test to clinch the gov­er­nance seal this year. This as, on top of pass­ing all the core ar­eas, they are now re­quired to hit all of the es­sen­tial ar­eas, in­stead of get­ting at least one, based on the old guide­lines.

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