Cebu loses top 10 slot among best Philippine cities

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Sunday, August 19, 2012


CEBU CITY -- No city in Cebu made it to the country’s 10 top performing highly urbanized cities, according to a report of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The cities were ranked based on their ratings under the DILG’s Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), which scores a city’s financial accountability, economic governance and other key areas.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said the results surprised him, but that he will use it to improve the City’s delivery of basic services.

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“Sports lang ta kay tingali ug nakalimtan ta nila, sige lang, mupadayon lang ta ug trabaho, syaro ug dili ta nila makit-an sa sunod (We will be a good sport. Perhaps they forgot about us, but we will keep working and make sure they notice us again),” Rama said.

But for DILG Mandaue City Director Jhoaden Lucero, the LGPMS is a tool to improve a local government unit’s (LGU) performance, and not for LGUs to compete.

“With the LGPMS, an LGU competes with itself, not with other LGUs,” Lucero told Sun.Star Cebu.

The 10 to performing highly urbanized cities in the DILG’s latest assessment are: San Juan City (4.9); Puerto Princesa City (4.88); Iloilo City (4.87); Valenzuela City (4.85); Makati City (4.819); Angeles City (4.816); Tacloban City (4.77); Quezon City (4.75); Taguig City (4.71); and Davao City (4.7).

Cebu City placed ninth in the 2010 LGPMS.

Key areas

The cities were rated from one to five, with five being the highest, in the following areas: administrative governance, social governance, economic governance, environmental governance and fundamentals of good governance, which include transparency, participation, and financial accountability.

A team of representatives from the national and local governments conducted the evaluation. To maintain impartiality, the results are validated by civil society organizations.

In a press statement, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said LGPMS topnotchers will have a chance to be nominated to the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, which is conferred to LGUs that advance the tenets of good governance.

At the regional level, the DILG does not rank LGUs based on their LGPMS ratings, Lucero said.

“The LGPMS is a tool to help LGUs in their planning,” Lucero said. The goal of an LGU should be to improve its rating from last year.

Based on Mandaue’s rating last year, Lucero said the City was able to deliver all basic services and has showed innovation.

Seal

Last May, Mandaue received the Seal of Good Housekeeping, along with 25 other local government units in Central Visayas. Recipients of the seal were picked based on the LGPMS.

Lawyer Ayesh Nogra, chief of the DILG-Central Visayas legal department, recalled that in 2010, Cebu City was among the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi awardees among highly urbanized cities. Bohol was recognized in the provinces category, while Amlan in Negros Oriental was among the top performing towns.

Cebu City also bagged the “Best Lupon” award in that year, Nogra said.

She declined to speak about the latest round, as she was not part of the selection team.

The LGPMS, a web-based self-assessment tool, is administered by DILG.

Mayor Rama confirmed that Cebu City pocketed a P2-million cash prize last year for the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi awards.

The mayor admitted, though, that the City needs a lot of improvement, particularly in the coastal area, to be more competitive. (RSB/EOB/ETB/Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 19, 2012.

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