NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson lauded employees of the Capitol and the local government units (LGUs) for always maintaining an excellent performance.
The province and its four LGUs were recognized Thursday by the Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG) as awardees of the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) during the Philippine Local Governance Congress held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.
Also recognized were the cities of Silay, Sagay and San Carlos and Pontevedra town.
In Negros Oriental, the awardees are the cities of Dumaguete and Bayawan, and Zamboanguita town.
The awards were bestowed by DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno, Undersecretary Austere Panadero and Senator Juan Edgardo Angara on LGUs that passed the minimum parameters of SGLG’s core components on Financial Administration, Social Protection, and Disaster Preparedness.
Lacson, who sits as acting governor this week, received the award with Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Ma. Lina Sanogal. He said that he appreciates the recognition that cited the provincial government in terms of good governance.
Other officials who received the award in behalf of their respective LGUs were Mayors Mark Golez of Silay City, Gerardo Valmayor Jr. of San Carlos City, Jose Benito Alonso of Pontevedra, Pryde Henry Teves of Bayawan City, Glenson Alananao of Zamboanguita, and Sagay City Vice Mayor Narciso Javelosa Jr.
They were joined by DILG-Negros Island Region officer-in-charge Anthony Nuyda and DILG-Negros Occidental head Joy Madayag.
Themed “Pagsulong. Progreso. Pagbabago,” the DILG event was held in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code of 1991 in partnership with the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines.
The award entitles Negros Occidental and the seven other LGUs access to the Performance Challenge Fund, facilitation of loan approval through the issuance of Good Financial Housekeeping Certification, and other program windows subject to specific program guidelines.
Negros Occidental, which met the measures for the three essential areas namely, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order and Environment Management, will receive a P7 million cash prize for various development programs and projects. The cities and municipalities will receive cash awards of P5 million and P3 million, respectively.
The DILG assessed a total of 1,672 LGUs, and only 306 LGUs met the 2016 criteria. The assessment was conducted by national government agencies with the participation of civil society organizations and the private sector.