ILOILO – The province of Iloilo is expected to get P7-million Performance Challenge Fun after it passed the criteria of 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), a sought-after award for performing local government units in the Philippines.
Concepcion, Miagao, Lemery, New Lucena, Banate and Passi City were likewise cited as 2015 SGLG Awardee with get P3-million each from the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. announced this achievement during his press conference held at Iloilo Provincial Capitol on Thursday.
Aside from accessing the Performance Challenge Fund, Defensor said that the province can also secure the Good Financial Housekeeping Certification for loan purposes and avail other national program windows like Bottom-Up Budgeting and Salintubig Program.
SGLG requires LGUs to meet the standard of the three core components such as good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, and social protection and at least one of the essential components like business-friendliness and competitiveness, environment management and peace and order.
The assessment conducted by Department of Interior and Local Government in 2014 is the basis of the conferment of 2015 SGLG.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said this seal mirrors the brand of leadership displayed by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. to improve the well-being of Ilonggos.
DILG-6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda commended the provincial government for having met majority of the SGLG criteria.
But he emphasized that the province must consider the other indicators it failed to meet in crafting its future plans so it can respond to the remaining “performance gaps”.
These gaps that must addressed are the lack of care facility for children, women, persons with disability or senior citizens, logistical and financial support provided to local police station and for Iloilo to earn the Most Business Friendly Award and National Gawad Kalasag. JAN