Taytay sets goal to pluck governance award this year

The municipal government of Taytay is working on developing its 10-year solid waste management plan (SWMP) (Photo credit: Mark Pleyto/LGU Taytay)

The municipal government of Taytay is focusing on its solid waste management (SWM) to get the 2018 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Town administrator Mark Lawrence Pleyto said the municipal government is working on developing its 10-year solid waste management plan (SWMP) for submission to the SWM Commission also this year.

“This year the municipality is batting for 2018 SGLG by getting that SWMP in place,” he told Palawan News on Monday, January 5.

Of all the areas under the SGLG, Pleyto said they have seen the need to strengthen the town’s environmental management, particularly the implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the SWM Act.

Pleyto said the town already has its existing SWMP approved by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), an environmental body tasked, under the said law, to approve such plan submitted by Palawan towns.

“But we’re embarking on a new plan right now. Currently, we have two garbage trucks going around, with people from our MENRO (Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office) visiting barangays to get the waste collection statistics. And that’s how it’s intensive to get the proper data as the basis of the plan,” he said.

Pleyto said the municipal government is more interested in access to funding than the prize money that comes with the SGLG award.

“The [prize] money isn’t the primary objective [in getting the award] but rather access to funding. If you have an SGLG, it’s easy to access funds from the national government,” he said.

The town administrator said this privilege is important, especially to a municipality like Taytay that is heavily-dependent on annual internal revenue allotment.

To become an SGLG awardee, the municipal government has to meet all of the following “core areas” of the program including financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order.

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

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