Catbalogan prepares for 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance

Gearing up for the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the City Government of Catbalogan underwent an assessment — the first of many evaluations, last May 29, 2017 by a team composed of representatives from the provincial DILG, a separate national government agency, and a civil society organization.

Four (4) core areas were assessed, namely: Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, and Peace & Order. In addition, three (3) essential areas were also evaluated, namely: Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Protection, and Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

All 4 core areas must be successfully passed and only 1 out of 3 essential areas can be complied but includes numerous indicators and must be supplied with sufficient verifiable evidence, hence called the “4 + 1 principle”, which is an upgraded version of the SGLG from the previous implementations in response to international treaties such as, but not limited to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Apart from the documentary assessment, the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) also conducted on-site evaluation of the implemented programs of the city government as required under the said program.

Once reports are finalized and forwarded, a national validation is said to follow among potential SGLG passers and the validating team will be composed of top officials of DILG regional offices and SGLG focal persons through a cross-region approach to ensure reliability and accuracy of results.

This rigorous assessment is part of DILG’s commitment in upscaling the quality of services that local government units provide to the Filipino people and for LGUs as well to step up their efficiency and effectiveness.

Catbalogan City received the said seal for the 2015 batch and hopes to reclaim the seal this 2017, with the strong support of Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan anchored on her commitment of a transparent and empowered local government.

(Photos by DILG Catbalogan; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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