City eyes governance award grand slam in 2018

City Mayor Lucilo Bayron targets to win the SGLG award

City Mayor Lucilo Bayron on Monday vowed to win next year its third Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and make Puerto Princesa a grand slam winner of the award.

 “We’re targeting to get next year the SGLG. If we’re able to do that, then that would be a grand slam for all of us,” Mayor Lucilo Bayron told the City Hall employees on Monday morning, December 11.

Puerto Princesa was among the 61 cities nationwide awarded with 2017 SGLG by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). It was the second time the city was conferred with such a coveted seal.

Bayron urged all departments to “be diligent in submitting its reports for accounting purposes.” “If we did in the past two years, we can do that again next year,” he said.

As an SGLG awardee, the city government has met all of the following “core areas” of the program including financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order.

SGLG awardees have also passed at least one of the “essential areas,” namely business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and tourism, culture and the arts.

 “We have to take care of our core areas and hit at least one of the essential areas,” he said.

The SGLG covers 81 provinces, 145 cities and 1,489 municipalities, which were evaluated regionally and nationally. For 2017, 448 local government units (LGU) clinched the seal, a bit higher than 2016’s 308.

 “This is a very good indication of the improving governance in LGUs and it means better service to people in communities,” Acting DILG Chief Catalino Cuy said.

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