CATBALOGAN CITY -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Eastern Visayas named Thursday 12 local government units (LGUs) as winners of the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award in a ceremony held in Pasay City.
The 12 LGUs in Eastern Visayas were among the 318 declared winners for passing the test of good governance. They were the provinces of Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte and Biliran; the municipalities of General MacArthur and Salcedo, both in Eastern Samar; Barugo, Javier, Tabango and Tolosa, all in Leyte; St. Bernard town in Southern Leyte; and the lone city winner Calbayog City.
Of the 318 LGU awardees, 306 were conferred with SGLG for passing the test of good governance, while four barangays bagged the Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa award, with the rest being declared as runners-up.
Of the 306 SGLG awardees, 43 are provinces, 51 are cities and 212 are municipalities. The SGLG awardees will receive an incentive fund called Performance Challenge Fund, and will be able to access other DILG projects.
On the other hand, the four outstanding lupong tagapamayapa awards are: (highly-urbanized cities category) Barangay City Heights, General Santos City; (component cities) Barangay 1 San Lorenzo, Laoag City; (first to third class municipalities) Barangay Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato; and (fourth to sixth class municipalities) Barangay Hingatungan, Silago, Southern Leyte.
The first runners-up in the four categories are Barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City; Barangay Tuding, Itogon, Benguet; Barangay Cataning, Balanga City; and Barangay Gugo, Samal, Bataan.
The second runners-up are: Barangay San Bartolome, District V, Quezon City; Barangay Kitang II/Luz, Limay, Bataan; Barangay Dagupan Centro, City of Tabuk; and Barangay Ambassador, Tublay, Benguet.
The Lupong Tagapamayapa national awardees will each receive P300,000 and a trophy; the first runners-up will get P100,000 and a plaque of recognition; and the second runners-up will get P75,000 and a plaque of recognition.
These LGUs were awarded at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City Thursday afternoon, October 27, during the Culmination Program of the 25th Anniversary of the Local Government Code.
In his talk, DILG Secretary Ismail Sueno said, "Passing the test of good governance means having complied with all the requirements of three core areas -- financial administration, disaster preparedness and social protection, and any one of the essential criteria -- business-friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order, and environmental management."
Sueno has urged the 318 LGUs, which were conferred with the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) and the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Award (LTIA), to "look forward to new challenges under federalism."
“Let us continue this journey of good local governance, of decentralization and local autonomy and look forward to new challenges under a federal system of government,” said Sueno.
Sueno also urged the awardees to "do more, engage and connect" with the citizens to be able to improve public service delivery.
“We urge you to do more. Do not stop with the Seal or the Lupong Tagpamayapa Award. There is much more to these awards than the prestige and the cash rewards attached to them. Instead, engage more. Connect. Interact with the public and other sectors, and listen to their concerns. Find ways on how you can improve your services and systems. Take extra efforts to raise the standards of your services,” he added.
The Local Government Code is a landmark piece of legislation that has revolutionized local governance as it devolved powers and authority from the national to the local governments. (Sunnex)