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Vigan City receives “seal of good housekeeping” awardFebruary 23, 2012

By Freddie G. Lazaro

 VIGAN CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA) -- The local government of Vigan City, a World Heritage City, received a “seal of good housekeeping” award from the Department of Interior and Local Goverment (DILG).

Vigan City’s local government officer Federico Bitonio said that the award is in recognition for a local government unit’s excellent performance in financial management, transparency and accountability, performance monitoring, planning, investment programming and compliance with the government’s disclosure policy with no adverse reports from the Commission on Audit (COA).

This means that Vigan City was zero in audit suspensions, disallowances and charges in the audit of various transactions as certified by State Auditor IV Rufina Portugal and State Auditor V. Elvira Jimenez.

Mayor Eva Marie Singson–Medina was elated when she received the award from DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo in a simple ceremony held recently in Oasis Hotel and Restaurant in La Union.

She shared the city’s “seal of good housekeeping” award to all the department heads and employees, who gave their extra efforts to sustain the smooth and transparent implementation of various programs and projects of the city government.

“This prestigious award is not for me alone but this is for all of us because without your all–out support and cooperation the city government would not have received this recognition,” she said.

The said award is DILG’s commitment to elevate the practice of good governance that values desirable development outcomes into institutional status.  The conferment of the said award made the city eligible to access the Performance Challenge (PC) Fund to support local development initiatives. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

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