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866 LGUs cited for excellenceSeptember 23, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Friday lauded a total of 866 provinces, cities, and municipalities for passing the criteria of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), highlighting their excellence in local governance. Citing reports from the Bureau of Local Government Supervision, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said that out of the 866 local government units (LGUs), 17 cities and 302 municipalities belong to the first round of SGH recipients (covering fourth to sixth class cities and municipalities), while 45 provinces, 46 cities and 456 municipalities to the second round (covering provinces and first to third class cities and municipalities). Out of the 866 LGUs, 487 are from Luzon, 125 are from Visayas, while 254 are from Mindanao. Last year, 30 fourth to sixth class municipalities were awarded with the SGH. “Before, we only focused on fourth to sixth class LGUs, but this time, we assessed all provinces, cities and municipalities because they all deserve to be acknowledged for their good governance initiatives,” explained Robredo. “These LGUs have complied with the department’s full disclosure policy and have no adverse or disclaimer opinion rendered by the Commission on Audit (COA) on their financial reports,” he said. The SGH is a program that aimed to recognize LGUs that accord primacy to the principles of accountability and transparency since such are essential in building the long term foundation of a responsible local government system in the country. Robredo said the LGUs that passed the Seal criteria are eligible to access the Performance Challenge Fund of the department to help them jumpstart local development projects such as school buildings, rural health units, water and sanitation system, local roads and bridges, among others.

(Czarina Nicole O. Ong, Manila Bulletinf)

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