City receives Seal of Good Housekeeping-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) formally presented on Wednesday to the Zamboanga City Government the Seal of Good Housekeeping affirming the city’s efforts to promote good local governance.
The marker or seal, engraved in a huge, thick glass, is signed by the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who initiated the Seal of Good Housekeeping for local government units (LGUs) project in a bid to promote transparency, accountability, and efficiency in local governance.
Mayor Celso Lobregat together with city department heads happily received the marker from DILG regional director Paizal Abutazil during the simple rites held at the City Hall conference room Wednesday morning.
The presentation of the marker came more than a week after Robredo perished with two others after their plane crashed into the waters off Masbate last August 18.
“Today (Aug. 29) marks another significant milestone in the history of Zamboanga City. I say significant because DILG will be turning over the Seal of Good Housekeeping marker to the local government, a solemn oath of your efforts to promote good local governance,” Abutazil said as he presented the marker to the city mayor and department heads.
Abutazil said the DILG is aware of the efforts of the City Government, as it endeavors to improve the lives of the Zamboangueños.
“Thus, you are now reaping the rewards of your hard work. Your LGU is proof that good governance is possible if leadership is anchored on the principles of transparency and accountability,” he added.
Lobregat, in his message, could not help but reminisce the numerous times Robredo visited Zamboanga City for meetings with officials and staff of agencies under his department, for inauguration of City Government-initiated projects, tackle peace and security concerns, and for speaking engagements.
“It is very unfortunate though that Secretary Robredo passed away and if he were alive, I think he will be the one to personally present this seal of good housekeeping to the city,” the teary-eyed Lobregat said.
Having been named recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping, the City Government of Zamboanga is a recipient of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).
Zamboanga City is a recipient of P105 million for the implementation of various projects that include, rural electrification, local roads connecting national roads, arterial farm to market roads and bridges, local economic enterprises, flood control and drainage and to support various priority projects of the National Government such as the millennium development goals, Philippine disaster risk reduction and management act of 2010 and solid waste management act of 2000, among others.
Zamboanga City was also named Regional Winner of the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award, another component of the Seal of Good Housekeeping project initiated by the late Robredo.
As Pamana ng Lahi winner, the city received P2-million prize money that was used to purchase 60 computer units and distributed to 12 public secondary and elementary schools in the city with turnover rites graced by Robredo last June 5.