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Bohol earns DILG Seal of Good HousekeepingJanuary 2, 2012

Bohol ends the year right with one more accolade as Gov. Edgar M. Chatto announced on previous week’s Kita Ug Ang Gobernador that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has declared Bohol among provinces awarded the 2011 Seal of Good Housekeeping.

Chatto says this latest credit reinforces the Bohol’s earlier recognition as Best Governed Province in the entire country with the highest Local Government Performance Management System score of 4.935 out of 5.

The Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) also opens doors to qualify for programs and projects aligned to the achievement of Millenium Challenge Goals, he said.

The SGH is a mechanism that recognizes good performance of local government units (LGUs) in internal housekeeping particularly in the areas of planning, sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing performance management.

Among key components of the SGH criteria are compliance to the mandates of the Anti-Red Tape Act as well as to the Full Disclosure Policy of the DILG. LGUs stamped with SGH must have complied with all the requirements of the government’s auditing agency, which means a “no adverse” report from the Commission on Audit.

Bohol’s excellent performance in governance entitles the Provincial Government to a Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) project cost sharing scheme with the national government worth P7M.

Projects eligible under the PCF are school buildings, rural health units, health centers and birthing facilities; or for Local Economic Development such as roads, bridges, tourism facilities, irrigation systems, post harvest facilities, cold storage facilities, ports and wharves and other economic infrastructures; or for Adaptation to Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness projects such as flood control, reforestation, solid waste management facilities, storm drainage and related flood protection measures.

The province has been entitled to P3M from the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award it received from the DILG for exemplary performance in local governance in October this year.

It is a manifestation of the essence of good governance that when given recognition in one area, performance will show consistency in all other areas, says Chatto of this latest achievement of the province.

In fact, Bohol DILG has been named best DILG Unit in the region, he added.

Municipal local government units in the province have also been given the Seal of Good Housekeeping this year, including Balilihan, Maribojoc, Clarin, Dauis, Loboc, Panglao, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, San Miguel, Jagna and Ubay. (Leah/EDCom)  

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