Isabela reaps SGLG awards for 5th year in a row

Governor Rodito Albano III, accompanied by Vice Governor Faustino Dy III, along with the 21 local chief executives of the province of Isabela rose to the occasion as they received the much-coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award from Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) during the 2019 SGLG National Awarding Ceremony – Cluster 1 held at the Fiesta Pavilion, The Manila Hotel on November 04, 2019.

The Seal of Good Local Governance is an award, incentive, honor and recognition-based program for all Local Government Units (LGUs) and a continuing commitment for LGUs to continually progress and improve their performance.

In his letter to Governor Albano, DILG Secretary Año said, “the Provincial Government substantially met the standards of all assessment areas and carried-on the “all-in” criteria where a local government unit has to pass minimum requirements of all seven areas: Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Peace and Order, Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management, and Tourism, Culture and the Arts”.

For the fifth consecutive time, the Provincial Government of Isabela was conferred the SGLG marker, having consistently passed with sterling performance in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and the just concluded national validation last August this year.

Meanwhile, despite more stringent assessment criteria, the cities of Ilagan and Cauayan and 19 municipalities of Isabela also passed and hurdled this year’s more challenging SGLG namely: Alicia, Angadanan, Benito Soliven, Burgos, Cabagan, Cabatuan, Cordon, Delfin Albano, Echague, Jones, Luna, Mallig, Naguilian, Quezon, Quirino, Ramon, Roxas, San Mateo and Tumauini.

Secretary Año revealed that as an incentive, this year’s awardees are entitled to the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) and other program windows. The PCF is an incentive to finance the local development projects of the LGUs and a priority access to other programs and capacity development assistance from the DILG.

This year, 17 provinces, 57 cities and 306 municipalities passed the tougher, redefined “all-in” extra-challenging SGLG criteria, or a total of 380 LGUs nationwide which is 44 percent more than last year’s 263.

As the SGLG moves forward as an institutionalized award and incentive program thru Republic Act 11292, Secretary Año expressed great optimism that LGUs will remain a proactive partner in providing quality service and continuously commits as an agent of “gobyernong may malasakit tungo sa pagbabago at patuloy na pag-unlad”.