AFTER failing to bag the Seal of Good Local Governance this year, the Cagayan de Oro City Government is now focused on improving employees’ performance, getting financial grants for local development projects and bagging the award next year.
City Administrator Dionnie Gersana said not getting the award this year, however, is not a setback for the city but a challenge to do better next year.
"We have implemented the strategic performance management system which aims to enhance how the employees deal with situations everyday to achieve better delivery of basic services," Gersana said.
Gersana said the new approach is in line with the Department of Interior and Local Government's (DILG) innovation that seeks to gauge the performance of local government units (LGUs) in the attainment of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs).
The DILG has come up with a scorecard for the LGUs which includes accountable and transparent LGUs, clean water, energy and sanitation for all, inclusive and equitable education, good health and well-being, disaster resilient community, business and investment promotion, peaceful, orderly and just community and clean and livable environment.
The scorecard would not only help LGUs jump one step closer to bagging the good governance seal, but is also expected to develop local officials' executive agenda and concretizing their priorities.
Meanwhile, Mayor Oscar Moreno highlighted the importance of professionalism and continuing good governance practices and providing better services.
"Over the past several months, we have embarked on professional enhancement programs with former Opol mayor Dixon Yasay in performance system. Daghan pa kaayo kitang dapat buhaton to provide good performance to our constituents," Moreno said.
The city failed to do well in all three of the main criteria of the SGLG: financial administration, disaster preparedness and social protection.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 28, 2016.