The Misamis Oriental Provincial Government has bagged the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) 2016 award.

The SGLG marker was handed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial director Edward Bhagwani to Governor Yevgeny Emano on Thursday, February 23.

Bhagwani said the province passed all the criteria and requirements such as good financial housekeeping, social services, disaster preparedness, programs on peace and order, and environmental protection.

"Buot pasabot maayo ang financial transactions, ang social services sa mga kabataan, women, andam ang province sa pag-respond sa mga emergencies, naay maayo nga mechanism nga maka-encourage ug competitive sa business enterprise (It means the financial transaction of the province was good, the social services for women and children, preparedness to respond calamities)," Bhagwani said.

Bhagwani explained that the SGLG was the result of the assessment 2 years ago and explained the awarding was delayed as the marker had to be shipped from Manila.

"Dugay nana sa Manila kay ang shipment tibuok Pilipinas man, naa man ko opportunity busa ako na lang nagkuha sa marker para ma-turn over (The marker was already in Manila because all makers will be shipped to provinces but I was able to have the opportunity so I got it so that I can turn it over)," Bhagwani said.

Bhagwani added the Provincial Capitol also passed the post compliance in 2016 based on the 2015 assessment.

He emphasized that the SGLG will become a tool for the Provincial Government to attract more investments and will aid local and foreign companies and organizations.

For his part, Emano took pride in receiving the award saying the SGLG is for the people of the province.

"Grabe atong kalipay ug garbo kay sulod sa 3 ka tuig grabe atong paningkamot subay sa mga requirements ug pinaagi sa suporta ni director Bhagwani (We take pride and joy because we worked this out for 3 years to comply the criteria and through the help of director Bhagwani),"Emano said.

Emano said the SGLG award will be an plus for the Capitol in getting more projects and pro-people programs.

"This will be our license in delivering the best services, programs and projects," Emano said.