THE Province of Negros Occidental was again recognized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for its excellent performance in the public service.
Negros Occidental, along with nine other local government units (LGUs) in the province, was awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Other recognized LGUs were the cities of Bago, Sagay, San Carlos, and Silay and the municipalities of Candoni, Salvador Benedicto, Hinobaan, Pontevedra, and Valladolid.
The awarding ceremony will be held on November 27 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.
Ma. Lina Sanogal, provincial planning and development coordinator, said the province had been a consistent awardee of the SGLG.
“Every year, since it started in 2012, we have not lost,” she said.
Sanogal attributed the Provincial Government’s excellent performance to its programs and projects that are innovative and its good financial management.
“We have good financial housekeeping. The utilization of our funds goes through the councils and concurred by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board). It is in order,” she said.
Sanogal added that the programs of the Capitol are innovative.
“There’s also transparency, accountability, and popular participation, meaning we have strong civil society participation,” she explained.
Sanogal said the monetary reward for the winning LGUs will go the province’s programs and projects.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he is “not surprised at all” that the province was again hailed for its excellence in the public service.
“Our employees at the Capitol work hard to receive this recognition from the DILG. It will just get better each year,” he said.
DILG-Negros Occidental director Ma. Joy Madayag said the SGLG symbolizes integrity and good performance through continuing governance reform and sustained local development.
She said the LGUs, to get the seal, must pass all the assessment indicators on four core components in the financial administration, social protection, and disaster preparedness.
The local government must also meet the measures in one of the three essential areas including business friendliness, environmental management, and tourism, culture and arts.