Governance of Iloilo province rated ‘near perfect’

ILOILO, Aug. 7 (PNA) –The overall performance of the Province of Iloilo last year in the five areas of governance was rated to be “near perfect,” according to its 2012 State of Local Governance (SLGR).

With 5 being the highest, Iloilo obtained a score of 4.87 in 2012, a marked improvement over its performance in 2011 and 2010, where it scored 4.59 and 4.38, respectively.

The 2012 SLGR, presented before department heads and chiefs of hospitals on Tuesday, showed how Iloilo fared in the areas of administration, social services, economic development, environmental management and valuing the fundamental of governance.

In 2012, Iloilo obtained a score of 5 in social services, economic development, environmental management and valuing the fundamental of governance, but only 4.52 in the area of administration, which can be attributed to the low score it received in the area of revenue generation.

The total score is computed using 19 service areas distributed across the five performance areas.

The report noted that over the past three years, the rate of Iloilo’s locally sourced revenues as compared to its total income has improved from 11.35 percent in 2010 to 14 percent in 2012.

But still, its rate, which is 14 percent, was lower compared to the average rate of the first-class provinces, which is 15.81 percent, explained Ildefonso Orquejo, LGPMS Focal Person at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

LGPMS stands for Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), a self-assessment and web-based development management tool for local governments units that is capable of providing information on their capacities and limitations in the delivery of essential public services.

The LGPMS, which was developed by DILG, generates the SLGR.

Orquejo added that Iloilo also needs to improve on its Personal Services Expenditure Ratio and on its Total Expenditure Per Capita.

The Personal Services Expenditure Ratio determines the biases of the LGU in terms of budget allocation, while Total Expenditure Per Capita how much was actually spent by the LGU per person.

Based on the results, the Personal Services Expenditure Ratio of the Province of Iloilo for 2012 was 32 percent, which is lower than the average rate of first-class provinces, which is 35.02 percent.

On the other hand, its Total Expenditure Per Capita was only P862.20, which is lower than the average rate of first-class provinces, which is P1,225.82.

DILG Provincial Director Rosario Maza explained that the LGPMS and its output, the SLGR, aid LGUs in identifying development gaps and in developing executive and legislative actions to address the identified gaps.

“This high performance gives you pride as a local government unit because it validates the hard work and dedication that each one of you invested in the name of service to your fellow Ilonggos,” Maza told provincial officials during the presentation at Sarabia Manor Hotel here.

“However, consider this high performance as a challenge for all of you to perform better and exceed your current performance,” she added.

Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. noted that the SLGR underscores the importance of monitoring and evaluation as a management tool that helps LGUs track the progress of their programs and guide then in making decisions.

“It shows us what development interventions are making a difference, whether or not our intended results are being achieved, and what more can be done to better meet goals and objectives,” he said.(PNA)


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