Calbayog City accepts challenge to qualify for DILG’s ‘Seal of Good Local Governance’

CALBAYOG CITY, June 4 (PNA) — The city government is up to meeting the challenges required by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to be able to qualify for the “Seal of Good Local Governance” (SGLG), a scaled up version of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH).

On Tuesday, the DILG oriented local officials and concerned offices about the scaled up program as contained in the DILG memorandum circular 2014-39 dubbed as “The 2014 Seal of Good Local Governance: Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal.”

The scaled up program does not only recognize the good performance on financial housekeeping of local government units but also on other areas that directly benefit the people.

This include disaster preparedness, social protection for vulnerable sectors, business-friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order and environmental management.

DILG city director Zino V. Llarinas explained that the “3 plus 1” principle applies for a local government to be conferred with SGLG.

This means that an LGU must pass the three core assessment areas — good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness and social protection — and at least one from the essential assessment area — business-friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order, and environmental management.

A team created by the DILG regional office, Llarinas added, is scheduled to come to the city on June 6 for the assessment and validation.

Llarinas further said that should the city government qualifies for the seal it will be eligible to access the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), which is a support fund to finance local development initiatives in furtherance of national goals and strategic thrusts; and more incentives package of program windows and capacity development assistance from the department. (PNA)