DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) – Only 316 of the more than 1,700 local governments nationwide got the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Alex Roldan said this as he turned over the seven-kilo Seal to Davao del Norte Provincial Governor Anthony G. del Rosario during the recently held Monday Convocation.
Davao del Norte was among the 316 LGUs given the new mark of good local governance. The component cities of Tagum City, Panabo City and Island Garden City of Samal also passed the standards of SGLG and were awarded with the seal while only the Municipal Government of Braulio E. Dujali got the SGLG.
Roldan described the SGLG as levelled up challenge for LGUs which had been keeping up with the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH).
“The SGLG is introduced to provide greater challenge to our local governments to continue good governance practices while providing better services,” Roldan said.
Citing DILG assessment, Roldan revealed that a total of 1,372 LGUs or close to 84 percent have already met the minimum requirements of good housekeeping set in SGH , “which only shows their readiness to take on more challenges.”
Aside from sustaining accountability and transparency known as Good Financial Housekeeping, the SGLG sets LGUs’ preparedness for disasters (Disaster Preparedness) and conditions them to address the needs of the vulnerable and the marginalized sectors (Social Protection).
The SGLG also moves LGUs to take on the challenges of meeting the standards of Business –Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order and Environmental Challenges.
To become worthy of SGLG, the LGU has to hurdle and pass the three “core assessment areas”: Good Financial Housekeeping, Disaster Preparedness and Social Protection, and that it has to satisfy the criteria of at least one of the “essential assessment areas” which are Business –Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order and Environmental Challenges.
On top of the recognition, the SGLG also allows LGUs to access the Performance Challenge Fund and other national performance-based programs, Roldan explained.
DILG has raised the level of incentives for LGU recipients of SGLG —— P4.5 million for the provinces, P3.5 million for the cities and P3 million for the municipalities. PIA 11/Jeanevive Duron Aba-ngan