The municipalities of Narra, Sofroñio Española and Brookes Point have been conferred the 2017 Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Seal of Good and Local Governance (SGLG) for meeting established criteria for local governance.
The three municipalities were among the 359 qualifiers in the municipal division that met the DILG given “cores” namely: Peace and Order, Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, and at least one essential: Business-friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Protection or Tourism, Culture and Arts.
These areas were also used to measure the fitness of each Local Government Unit (LGU) in its efforts in meeting expectations and contribute in realizing target outcomes relative to local governance.
The SGLG covers 81 provinces, 145 cities and 1,489 municipalities, which were evaluated regionally and nationally.
Now on its third year as recipient and already listed “Hall of Famer” the municipality of Brookes Point under the leadership of Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano has received the award for three consecutive years.
“’Yung award of distinction ang bingiyan lang sa buong Pilipinas ay Brookes Point,” municipal councilor Ton Abengoza said.
The municipal awardees will receive additional funds for their priority development projects from the government’s Performance Challenge Fund.
Narra Municipal Mayor Lucena Demaala earlier said that the SGLG financial incentive prize amounting to 3M which Narra will receive would be spent for their local farmers by providing them equipments and livelihood assistance.
“’Yun ang tinitingnan natin for now. Gusto namin i-spend sa ating mga farmers para magkaroon na sila ng sariling bilaran ng palay kapag maulan,” Demaala said.
The program was launched in 2014 as a scaled up version of the Seal of Good Housekeeping in a mission of sustaining a transparent better local governance