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Iloilo sees win in Gawad Pamana ng Lahi awardsSeptember 23, 2011

by Lydia C. Pendon

ILOILO City sees a grand win in the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi awards and is boasting its various city development projects to be recognized as an important area for good local governance.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the City Government will not settle for second best and there is no room for mediocrity as the City Government underwent a rigid validation process on September 23 by a team organized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Winners in the regional validation will vie in the national awards with awarding rites slated on October 11 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

DILG launched the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, an award for exemplary performance in local governance after DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo signed DILG Memorandum Circular 2011-113 dated August 9, 2011 regarding the objectives and guidelines of the award.

The Gawad is conferred to a province, city or municipality for reason of exemplary performance in administrative, social, economic and environmental governance.

This yearly award is also an instrument to scale-up the valuing of accountability, transparency and involvement to local administration and development.

Exemplary performance information is drawn from the database of the on-line Local Governance Performance Management System, Seal of Good Housekeeping, International Organization or National Government Agency-bestowed Awards, and acknowledged innovations.

Meanwhile, Iloilo City is included in a list of 97 local governments in Western Visayas awarded with the Seal of Good Housekeeping by DILG. This makes the city eligible to avail itself of the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) incentive for LGUs this year.

Forty-two of these PCF eligibles qualified in Round 1 covering fourth to sixth class component cities and municipalities of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) evaluation, while 55 LGUs, including all provinces in the region, made it during Round 2, covering first to third class municipalities, cities and all provinces of the SGH program.

The good housekeeping seal is a program designed to institutionalize DILG’s commitment to scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation and performance.

The areas covered by the evaluation of good housekeeping seal are sound fiscal management on one hand and transparency and accountability on the other hand.

LGUs can avail of the PCF up to a maximum amount of P1 million for a municipality, P3 million for a city, and P7 million for a province. The PCF subsidy should be matched by the LGU recipient on a 50-50 counterpart sharing scheme.

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