“It was fulfilment and hard-earned recognition,” City Mayor Ericson Singson said as he received the Seal of Good Local Governance Award 2018 plaque during the flag raising ceremony recently.

Ilocos Sur DILG Provincial Director Virgilio Sison came over to ceremonially hand the said plaque which the city received during the awarding rites at the Tent City, Manila Hotel, Manila.

Aside from City Mayor Ericson Singson, the awarding rites were witnessed by City Local Government Operations Officer Lily Ann Colisao, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Alma Gabor, City Public Employment Service Officer Judy Liao and City Information Officer Jun Balbin.

DILG top officials led by Secretary Eduardo Año and other top government officials like Senator Loren Legarda were also present.

City Mayor Singson said that last year only 61 out of 145 cities made it.

This year only 39 out of 145 cities were accorded the recognition with only four of the nine cities in the region making it.

Singson lauded the efforts of the city government as he pointed out the significance of the award being the “mother” of all awards given by the government.

He said the award covers all sectors in governance and public service that made to the list is reflective on how the LGU is being governed.

He said that the recognition should further inspire all stakeholders to work harder to meet the stiffer challenges ahead in 2019.

This year was stiffer and more rigid as the DILG scaled up the criteria to make it “all-in”.

It means that the core areas namely; financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental protection ken tourism culture and the arts should all be met.

“Our collective efforts and cooperation led us to SGLG award,” City Mayor Singson said.

He also said that the SGLG will likely soon to be institutionalized.

This was announced no less than Sec. Año in his speech during the awarding rites.

“We can only go up from here. The SGLG Awards will continue to raise its standards as we aim to provide the best service to our constituents, and inspire LGUs towards crafting policies for exemplary public service,” said Año.

Año in his recent DILG press release said that the impending passage of the SGLG Law which would only lead to more improved local governance and continued innovation for LGUs.

Through the proposed institutionalization titled “The Seal of Good Local Governance Act of 2018 or The SGLG Act of 2018”, SGLG will be the primary performance-based measuring program of the government.

Under the SGLG Act, an LGU can only qualify for the SGLG Awards if it passes the 10 criteria stipulated under the Act.

Included in the 10 criteria are: good fiscal or financial administration or financial sustainability; health compliance and responsiveness; disaster preparedness; social protection and sensitivity program; programs for sustainable education; business friendliness and competitiveness; safety, and peace and order; environmental management; tourism, culture and arts; and youth development programs.

The Council of Good Local Governance, compost of DILG, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Finance and National Economic and Development Authority, which will act as an advisory body in ensuring the proper implementation of the SGLG Award shall also be created under the SGLG Act.

The DILG will be the Secretariat of the Council and at the same time the implementing agency for the said Act.

This year from the 1,682 LGUs assessed by the DILG nationwide, only 263 LGUs, composed of 17 provinces, 39 cities, and 207 municipalities, met the ‘all- in’ performance indicators.## (LBJ)

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