ILOILO – Eight local government units in this province would be receiving the Seal of Good Local Governance from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The eight are the municipalities of Anilao, Bingawan, Concepcion, Dueñas, Lambunao, Oton, and Zarraga, and the component city of Passi.
The Seal of Good Local Governance is a mechanism that tracks the performance of local governments in seven parameters: financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and tourism culture and arts.
Also an incentive scheme, the Seal affords local governments funds to further improve their governance.
To qualify for the Seal, local governments must do well in the seven parameters, according to DILG-Iloilo provincial director Teodora Sumagaysay.
The provincial government of Iloilo is also receiving a Seal of Good Local Governance this year, its fourth consecutive Seal since 2015.
According to Sumagaysay, each parameter has indicators that local governments must meet to.
In financial administration for example, said Sumagaysay, among the indicators are transparency and accountability.
Last year, over 600 local government units across the country got a Seal of Good Local Governance, said Sumagaysay.
For this year, the awarding ceremony will be next month at Manila Hotel, said Sumagaysay. The tentative date is Nov. 6 or 7.
Concepcion’s Mayor Millard Villanueva welcomed the news that his municipality qualified for the Seal.
“Ginatrabaho-an gid namon ina,” said Villanueva.
The provincial governments of Antique and Aklan are also receiving the Seal this year, according to Sumagaysay.
Several of their municipalities, too, are awardees. These are the following:
* Antique – Bugasong, Culasi and San Jose de Buenavista
* Aklan – Banga, Buruanga and Kalibo
In Negros Occidental, the following local government units will be receiving the Seal:
* San Carlos City
* Silay City
* Victorias City
The Seal of Good Local Governance originated from DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping. It is the department’s response to the clamor of the people for integrity and performance in public service./PN