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DILG distributes SGH markers in Northern MindanaoFebruary 7, 2012

By Elaine O. Ratunil and Rochelle Dagang CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY,

Feb. 7 -- Twenty glass markers of Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) were distributed to the municipal mayors in recognition of their respective local government units (LGUs) as awardees in advancing the principles of accountability and transparency in local governance. These solid markers signed by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo were given during the convocation program of DILG, Region 10, last Monday, Feb. 6. Present to receive the markers were Mayor Romeo P. Tiongco (Damulog, Bukidnon), Mayor Rey B. Baula (Sumilao, Bukidnon), Mayor Jaber M. Azis (Matungao, Lanao del Norte), Mayor Noel N. Deaño (Linamon, Lanao del Norte), Mayor Bertrand M. Lumaque, Sr. (Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte), Mayor Estela O. Estaño (Tudela, Misamis Occidental), Mayor David M. Navarro (Clarin, Misamis Occidental), Vice-Mayor Jesus C. Enerio (Calamba, Misamis Occidental), Mayor Martin C. Migriño (Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental), Mayor Samson R. Dumanjug (Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental); Mayor Alvin Giovanni A. Labis (Alubijid, Misamis Oriental), Mayor Joecel Q. Tiu (Libertad, Misamis Oriental), Mayor Jaime C. Roa (Naawan, Misamis Oriental), Mayor Rodolfo O. Buray (Gitagum, Misamis Oriental), and Mayor Oliver L. Ubaub (Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental). Other city and municipalities were represented by LGU representatives, namely from Mahinog (Camiguin), Magsaysay (Lanao del Norte), Aloran (Misamis Occidental), Tangub City (Misamis Occidental), and Sugbongcogon (Misamis Oriental). LGUs of Munai (Lanao del Norte), Kauswagan (Lanao del Norte), and Don Victoriano (Misamis Occidental) are also among of those SGH awardees. These LGUs were the first round awardees of SGH for CY 2011 under the 4th to 6th class cities and municipalities category. The awarding of SGH happened last August 19, 2011 but it was only now that the SGH markers were accorded to the LGUs due to problems with logistics. During the short program, Assistant Regional Director Nilo P. Castañares, DILG-10 OIC, expressed his appreciation to the presence of the Mayors, who themselves gladly received their respective SGH markers that will then be displayed proudly at their respective City and Municipal Offices. Director Castañares said that each awardee, even the other LGUs, is expected to level up their performance this year so as to pass the SGH criteria. This year, for LGUs to qualify in the SGH bronze, they basically need to have no adverse or disclaimer Commission of Audit (COA) Opinion, and exhibit a full compliance to full disclosure policy. However, for them to scale up to the Silver and Gold categories, additional requirements have to be complied. An LGU that has full implementation of COA Audit observations and has an above benchmark under Civil Service Commission Report Card Survey will qualify for SGH Silver. Meanwhile, an LGU that shows the following institutionalization of participatory governance, valuing of performance information, quality of internal control system, presence of an internal audit office, and full compliance to Anti-Red Tape Act will be up for SGH Gold. Monetary incentive is also expected to increase for the SGH Silver and Gold. SGH is accorded to LGUs to elevate the practice of good governance that values desirable development outcomes into institutionalized status. It is also given to recognize local governments with above benchmark performance in internal housekeeping. Moreover, SGH is a precondition to access a financial incentive known as Performance Challenge Fund (PCF). The PCF is awarded to qualified LGUs to help jumpstart local development initiatives/projects that are aligned with the national government’s programs for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, tourism and local economic development, disaster risk reduction and management, and solid waste management. (DILG/PIA-10)



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