BALANGA CITY, Bataan – “Hindi lahat nang matino ay mahusay, hindi lahat nang mahusay ay matino. Dapat pareho.”
These words echoed Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Provincial Focal Person Cristy Blanco’s statement in an exclusive interview prior to the SGLG orientation held at Bulwagan ng Bayan Conference Room, Capitol Compound on Friday.
SGLG is an emerging progressive assessment system by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that aims to give distinction to remarkable local government performance across its focus areas.
This seal is being implemented to influence good governance behavior and local decision making, complement the Philippine Development Plan, and to upgrade governance standards that lead to creating an evidence-based assessment of local development projects implementation to calibrate Local Government Unit (LGU) capabilities in planning, programming, and execution.
Blanco presented during the orientation the basic information about SGLG and the upgraded indicators for this year’s assessment namely Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Peace and Order, Environmental Management, Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, and Tourism, Culture and the Arts.
For the last three years, DILG through SGLG has continually recognized local governments by primarily looking at existing structures, systems and processes that promote transparency, integrity, and quality service delivery.
Evidently, the number of SGLG awardees grew from 2015 with 254 LGUs (41 provinces, 28 cities, 185 towns), 2016 with 306 LGUs (43 provinces, 51 cities, 212 towns), and 2017 with 449 LGUs (29 provinces, 61 cities, 359 towns) of which 10 came from the Province of Bataan.
The seal comes with cash incentive for the LGU’s and pride that their service is of good quality and high standards.