Mindanao Times

SGLG awardees in BARMM get P2.5-M incentive each

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COTABATO CITY – To encourage other local government units (LGUs) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to improve governance and enhance programs protecting and promoting children’s rights, the regional government gave cash awards to some 30 LGUs in the region.

The LGUs have passed the government’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) and Children-Friendly Local Government Award (CFLGA) programs this year.

Each LGU got PHP2.5 million cash award handed over by BARMM spokespers­on and local government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo and BARMM executive secretary Abdulraof Macacua during ceremonies here on Friday.

Sinarimbo said the cash incentive will be used by the LGUs to fund and support projects to improve the delivery of services to its constituen­ts.

“We hope it will encourage other LGUs to improve governance. The awardees are worth emulating,” Sinarimbo said.

He added that the incentive fund came from the office of BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim.

Early last month, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año handed over the SGLG to the provinces of Maguindana­o and Basilan and 28 municipal government­s across the region.

The BARMM comprises the provinces of Maguindana­o, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi; the cities of Cotabato, Marawi and Lamitan; and the 63 villages from North Cotabato that opted to join the new political entity.

“Actually, BARMM ranked No. 1 in Mindanao in terms of the number of SGLG awardees this year,” Sinarimbo said adding that the feat indicates an initial success in the regional leadership’s stride for responsive and good governance.

He told reporters that most of the LGUs in the region under the new regional leadership are expected to perform better next year since they have been capacitate­d this year. (PNA)

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