Guagua town bags SGLG anew

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY IAN OCAM PO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

GUAGUA – The lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Guagua, Pam­panga was once again awarded the Seal of Good Lo­cal Gov­er­nance (SGLG) for the year 2016.

Aside from the pres­tige of be­ing an awardee, it qual­i­fies the town to ac­cess the Per­for­mance Chal­lenge Fund amount­ing to P3,000,000.

For two con­sec­u­tive years now, Guagua humbly cred­its the award from the un­re­lent­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and its cit­i­zens, and aptly of­fers the same to the peo­ple.

The most cov­eted award for lo­cal gov­ern­ment units was pre­sented to Mayor Dante D. Tor­res by Rico Judge Jan­vier M. Echiverri, the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for Ex­ter­nal and Leg­isla­tive Af­fairs, and Florida M. Di­jan, DILG Cen­tral Lu­zon Re­gional Di­rec­tor dur­ing the award­ing cer­e­mony held at the Fon­tana Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, Clark Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone in this city. To­gether with Mayor Tor­res were DILG lo­cal op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Mag­dalena S. Yon­zon, Mu­nic­i­pal Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Elsa B. Pantino, Mu­nic­i­pal Trea­surer Roy M. Navarro, and Dios­dado Cruz of the Mu­nic­i­pal En­gi­neer­ing Of f i ce.

“The SGLG award is an­other tes­ti­mony of how the na­tional gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes our ef­forts, both the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the stake­hold­ers, specif­i­cally on how we of­fer and per­form good gov­er­nance and sin­cere ser­vices to the com­mu­nity. And we give back the dig­nity of the award to the peo­ple of Guagua who de­serve to be served,” Tor­res sai d.

“At the be­gin­ning of the project, we ex­pect that many lo­cal heavy equip­ment op­er­a­tors will be em­ployed. Then small en­trepreneurs will start sprout­ing near the bar­racks where work­ers stay and work,” said Deloso adding, “That is where bet­ter life be­gins for the res­i­dents.”

He said the project will at­tract new in­vest­ments, in­clud­ing trans­port providers and com­mod­ity re­tail­ers, to ad­dress the needs of the ex­pected in­bounds of mi­grants and com­muters, which are im­por­tant part of the job gen­er­a­tion

The project pro­po­nent is FWI, Inc. a lo­cally in­cor­po­rated en­tity based in Makati City, Philip­pines, with multi­na­tional af­fil­i­a­tion and en­gaged in dredg­ing busi­ness and trad­ing of marine sand for recla­ma­tion projects.— Ric Sapnu

— Chris Navarro

PER­FOR­MANCE CHAL­LENGE FUND. Guagua Mayor Dante Tor­res re­ceives the P3mil­lion Per­for­mance Chal­lenge Fund and Seal of Good Lo­cal Gov­er­nance from DILG of­fi­cials.

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