Local government units (LGUs) will have to work even harder to earn the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) this year.
DILG Secretary Ismael 'Mike' D. Sueno said that the Department has recently scaled up the assessment criteria for SGLG with the inclusion of peace and order as one of the core areas.
"Peace and order and development are two sides of the same coin. Hence, the DILG saw it fit to make peace and order as one of the main parameters in choosing the SGLG passers," said Sueno.
In SGLG 2017's '4+1' assessment criteria, LGUs must pass the four core areas and at least one essential area either Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Environmental Protection.
Eighty-one provinces, 145 cities and 1489 municipalities which shall be subjected to the SGLG assessment will have a chance to be conferred with a 2017 SGLG awardee's marker; access to other programs and capacity development assistance from DILG; and can be eligible to access the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to finance their local development initiatives.
A special distinction will also be awarded to LGUs which have consistently passed all assessment areas in three consecutive periods, CYs 2015, 2016 and 2017.
"For seven years now since it was launched as Seal of Good Housekeeping in 2010, SGLG has been a vehicle that drives the LGUs to aspire for better programs and policies, and this year, we target nothing less," Sueno said.
SGLG is guided by the provisions of the Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, the General Appropriations Act of 2017 and Administrative Order No. 267 of 1992.