Narra wins good governance seal
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.