San Fernando City, La Union - The Department of the Interior and local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) kicked off the implementation of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) this year with a regional orientation at the Oasis Country Resort Hotel and Restaurant, here.
The activity was aimed at orienting and familiarizing the DILG Provincial Offices and Regional Assessment Teams (RAT) on the SGLG guidelines, particularly the assessment areas and criteria, forms and checklist, and implementation process.
Each RAT, composed of a DILG Officer and local civil society organization (CSO) representative, together with a documenter, is assigned with more or less 15 LGUs to assess on a cross-posting scheme.
Following the regional activity, the provincial offices conducted provincial orientations to their respective City/ Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) on May 8,9,10, and 11, 2017 for La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte, respectively.
All the 129 Local Government units (LGUs) in the region – 4 provinces, 9 cities and 116 municipalities -- shall be assessed using the scaled-up assessment criteria of “4+1”.
From being one of the essential areas last year, Peace and Order was added as one of the four core areas along with Financial Administration, Social Protection, and Disaster Preparedness. The essential areas, on the other hand, include Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management, and Tourism, Culture and Arts.
An LGU has to pass all four core areas and at least one essential area to qualify for the Seal. Awardees shall be conferred with a 2017 SGLG marker and a cash incentive the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to finance their local development initiatives. A special distinction shall likewise be given to LGUs which consistently passed all assessment areas for the three periods (2015, 2016 and 2017).
The data gathering, validation and certification phases of the 2017 SGLG shall be from May 15 to June 16, 2017 the conferment of the Seal shall be in October in line with the Local Government Code anniversary celebration.