Aiming for better performance for this year’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), DILG-Mountain Province earlier conducted an orientation for MLGOOs, and members of Regional Assessment Team last May 2. The orientation aims to set clear guidelines, implementation processes, and ensure quality and integrity of the SGLG. In turn the attendees will conduct orientation at the municipal level and assist the LGUs in data gathering for the SGLG; ensure accessibility, reliability and quality of data, and observe the timeframe of the implementation of the 2017 SGLG.
PD Anthony Manolo I. Ballug reminded that the SGLG is the LGU’s eligibility in accessing funds provided by the national government and other funding entities. Passing the SGLG will be our honor, he said.
All concerned offices were advised not to be complacent, rather, strive to surpass the minimum requirements for the said seal.
Consequently, the same orientation was also accorded the heads of offices and their representatives of the Provincial Government of Mountain Province at the PDRRMO Function Hall.
Then DILG – CAR Assistant Regional Director, now DILG R2 RD, Jonathan Paul M. Leusen, Jr. was team leader for the Regional Assessment Team that assessed the provincial government, together with representative from the DILG Regional Office, and the University of the Cordilleras.
MLGOO Piluden in an interview mentions of validators having to stringently follow the guidelines. Nonetheless, she is hopeful that all the LGUs validated will pass the assessment.
This year’s SGLG adopts more stringent criteria as LGUs are now required to scale up performance by having to pass four core areas in governance which are financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection and peace and order, and one of the essential areas which includes business friendliness and competitiveness, tourism, culture and the arts, and environmental protection.
The SGLG is an annual program of DILG to gauge the performance of the LGUs based on established administrative requirements, national laws and mandates as well as the implementation of projects/programs and activities contributory to the attainment of the core and essential areas of governance. Incentives in passing the SGLG includes access to the Performance Challenge Fund, grant of loans among others. # DILG Mt. Province