In this March 28 file photo, provincial administrator Atty. Joshua Bolusa is shown leading the 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Committee and Technical Working Group meeting for the assessment and validation of the Regional Assessment Team of the Department of the Interior and Local Government for the Seal of Good Local Governance. (Photo courtesy of Palawan PIO)

The provincial government of Palawan has started its preparations for the assessment and validation of the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as a requirement of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) 2019.

DILG provincial director Mario Daquer said gaining the SGLG award will help local governments in obtaining the trust and confidence of the national government in giving funds for their projects.

“Ang maganda kasi kapag may ganito kang award ay mabilis kang pagkatiwalaan ng gobyerno sa pag-implementa ng mga proyekto,” Daquer said.

Earlier, Governor Jose Alvarez said some of the funds for road concreting projects were from the Kalsada Program of the DILG’s Conditional Matching Grant for Provinces (CMGP) that was awarded to the provincial government for being an SGLG awardee.

The project includes the concreting of the 8.6-kilometer Magbabadil to Cabigaan road in Aborlan town worth P105 million and the 4.8-kilometer Calasaguen feeder road in Brooke’s Point town amounting to P62 million.

Among the components that will be covered by the assessment are financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental protection and tourism, culture and the arts.

The team is also set to inspect the hospital material recovery facility, waste disposal, operation centers, early warning device and the use of cultural properties.

The provincial government’s technical working group and the committee have provided a checklist for various departments in the Capitol to ensure compliance.

Validation and assessment will be on April 25.

In 2018, 16 towns in Palawan made it to the preliminary list of the “Seal of Good Housekeeping” awards.

These are Araceli, Agutaya, Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Busuanga, Cagayancillo, Cullion, Coron, Cuyo, Dumaran, El Nido, Narra, Roxas, Kalayaan and Sofronio Española.

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