The DILG regional assessment team during the validation of SGLG qualifications of the provincial government of Palawan. (Photo courtesy of Palawan PIO)

Representatives of the regional office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) were in the city recently to assess and validate the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) qualifications of the provincial government for transparency and accountability.

The regional assessment team (RAT) was headed on April 23 by DILG MIMAROPA assistant regional director Noel Bartolabac and Haribon SGLG focal person Andrew Gonzalvo.

RAT inspected all the provincial government’s documents based on the seven categories of the SGLG: Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Peace and Order, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Protection, and Tourism, Culture, and the Arts.

“It is very important for the provincial government of Palawan to pass the SGLG qualifications, ito kasi ‘yong magsisilbing katibayan na talagang maganda ang pamamalakad ng lokal na gobyerno sa kanyang nasasakupan at naibibigay nito yung mga services and goods needed by the community,” said Bartolabac.

Those who participated in the assessment from the provincial government by explaining the documents were Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Abigail Ablaña on Social Protection category; Ceasar Sammy Magbanua and Mary Rose Caabay from the Culture and Arts Office for the Cultural Heritage Promotion and Conservation category; Rosalyn Palanca and Maribel Buñi from the Provincial Tourism Promotions and Development Office for the Tourism Development category; OIC Provincial Accountant Erlinda Rizada, Provincial Treasurer Elino Mondragon, and Elizabeth Macasaet of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office and Edna Maligro of the Provincial Accountant for the Financial Administration category; Willy Ortega and Atty. Noel Aquino from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office for the Environmental Management category; Zharra Tablate, Aiza Salloman from the Peace and Order Program and Florfe Anne Fernandez from PADAP for the Peace and Order category; Dr. Myrna Lacanilao of the Livelihood Project Management Unit for the Business Friendliness and Competitiveness category; and Jeremias Alili and Yanika Seratubias of the PDDRMO for the Disaster Preparedness category.

A field assessment was also done by the RAT in Aborlan, Narra, and Brooke’s Point on April 25.

It particularly visited the evacuation center in Brooke’s Point, Narra Municipal Hospital, and the early warning devised and search and rescue facilities in Aborlan and also in Narra.