Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Bohol, 7 towns earn 2016
Seal of Good Governance 

CORTES, Bohol October 29 (PIA)—Bohol and seven of its towns barge into the country’s model local governments in the field of good governance by getting conferred with the coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) recently.

Earlier, Governor Edgar Chatto leaked the news during the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council and Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council joint meeting in Maribojoc Tuesday last week. 

Bohol took the award this year along with Cebu Province in Region 7: the only two in the region and of the 43 provinces handed the recognition this year. 

According to Gov Chatto, Bohol’s 2016 feat is a repeat of 2015 when 41 provinces across the country and all Central Visayan provinces received the recognition. 

In 2015, for the 41 provinces awarded, Bohol and all provinces of Region 7 earned both their SGLG accolades.

Moreover, seven of Bohol towns capped this year’s SGLG, two towns less than last year when there were 9 which proved their local governance superiority. 

The seven Bohol towns with the 2016 SGLG are Alicia, Corella, Duero, Maribojoc, Talibon, Tubigon and Trinidad. 

The other Central Visayan town which achieved the 2016 SGLG is Medellin of Cebu, while the only city with the SGLG in the region is Mandaue City, records from the DILG showed. 

The 7 Bohol towns with the 2016 SGLG are just some of the 212 towns while Mandaue City is among the 51 cities with the SGLG merit. 

An award given by the Department of Interior and Local Government DILG), the SLGH originated from the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) program in 2010. 

And to provide a greater challenge to local governments to continue good governance practices while providing better services, the DILG launched the SLGH in 2014, with more parameters.

The introduction of the SGLG allows the local governments to sustain the practice of accountability and transparency in Good Financial Housekeeping, to prepare for the challenges posed by disasters (Disaster Preparedness), and are sensitive to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the society (Social Protection), according to the DILG.

And then recently, DILG ruled: for an LGU to be conferred the Seal, they must adhere to performance criteria on any of the following areas: good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection for the basic sector, business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and law and order and public safety.

LGUs meeting the minimum criteria shall not only be conferred with the SGLG, but will also entitle them to a package of incentives, such as the Performance Challenge Fund and access to other national performance-based programs, according to DILG Bohol. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
Maribojoc Mayor Gumersindo Arocha welcomes the members of the PPOC and the PADAC during the recent joint meeting in time with the HEAT IT Caravan in his town. Arocha Administration picks this year’s SGLG as Maribojoc consistently achieved good governance records. With him are DILP PD Louisella Lucino, Gov Edgar Chatto, Centcom Visayas Commander Major General Raul del Rosario and Rep Rene Relampagos. (RAC/PIA-7/Bohol)

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