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12 Cordillera LGUs receive DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance award

Twelve Cordillera local government units received the 2022 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for upholding the standard of transparency, integrity, and service delivery.

Abra saw five of its municipalities received the seal, while Kalinga has three including its capital – Tabuk – a component city.

The Abra towns of Bucay, Dolores, La Paz, Penarrubia and Tayum were given the award for meeting the “all or nothing” criteria. The other recepients are Conner in Apayao; Asipulo and Lamut in Ifugao; Bontoc, the capital town of Mountain Province; while Pasil and Rizal join Tabuk in Kalinga.

“We congratulate 12 Cordillera LGUs that have made it to the list of this year’s passers for the prestigious SGLG. This demonstrates our LGUs’ unwavering effort to pass all of the core and essential criteria for the coveted award,” DILG – Cordillera director Araceli San Jose said.

The SGLG, or the “Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal”, is given annually to deserving provinces, cities, and municipalities that perform well in the 10 governance areas.

San Jose said the 10 governance areas are: financial administration; disaster preparedness; social protection and sensitivity; health compliance and responsiveness; sustainable education; business-friendliness and competitiveness; safety, peace and order; environmental management; tourism, heritage development, culture and arts; and youth development.

San Jose reiterated that the SGLG puts premium on integrity and good performance to institutionalize good governance reforms in the continuing pursuit for meaningful local autonomy and development.

“The Seal has been instrumental in upholding transparency and accountability, cultivating progressive actions in addressing emerging concerns, and influencing behavior in supporting national and international development goals,” she said.

San Jose then encouraged the LGU passers “to continue doing their best in upholding transparency and accountability and demonstrating their unwavering effort to pass all of the core and essential criteria for the coveted award.”

She then challenged the other Cordillera LGUs to do better in the succeeding runs of the SGLG and to provide better quality services and facilities to their constituents. Pigeon Lobien

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