ILOILO – True to its programs for reform and change, the provincial government of Iloilo under Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. excelled once again in good governance and transparency.
This is after the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas III named the province as one of the recipients of 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping Awards – the second award received by the province since Defensor returned as governor of Iloilo in 2010.
“We are very happy that our efforts to institutionalize reform here are being recognized by no less than the DILG,” Defensor announced in a press conference held at his office recently.
DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping is awarded to local government units that successfully meet the requirements of the full disclosure policy, have exemplary standards of frontline services and procurement, and proven to have no adverse or disclaimer audit findings by the Commission on Audit.
Defensor explains that the award allows the province to access the national government programs like the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program now called as Grassroots Participatory Budget Process, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA), Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) and Special Local Road Fund.
BUB is participatory governance in action for it is a process that stimulates the partnership between the local government and civil society.
It encourages the citizens to articulate their needs to the government and pin point the projects responsive to their needs.
PAMANA is a program for peace and development in conflict-affected areas, as well as communities covered by existing peace agreements.
SALINTUBIG, on the other hand, is a program designed to provide water supply systems to waterless municipalise all over the country and the Special Local Road Fund is for the development of various road networks in the countryside.
So far, the governor has not decided yet which among the national programs will he avail.
Meanwhile, Roxas told Defensor in a letter that this year, DILG will scale up the Seal of Good Housekeeping into a Seal of Good Local Governance.
This, according to the secretary, will cover a much wider range of LGU performance – good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection for the basic sector, business-friendly and competitiveness, environmental compliance, law and order, and public safety. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)