Both the city and the province acknowledged the symbiosis and shared responsibility as the key in good governance that led to the winning the coveted “Seal of Good Local Governance” (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Gov. Edgar Chatto and Mayor John Geesnell Yap in separate instances said getting the seal will be impossible without the cooperation of all government officials and employees leading towards good governance.
The province copped its third SGLS, while it is the first time the city has captured the coveted award. Four Bohol towns also won the award.
Aside from Bohol and Tagbilaran, the four towns which received the seal are: Tubigon, Bien Unido, Alicia and Duero.
Bohol leads the Central Visayas awardees, which include Cebu province with one city and three towns only, and Siquijor province winning for the first time. Negros Oriental did not make it to the cut as none of her towns also were able to covet the SGLG.
Chatto bared that it is not easy to get the seal and it takes the cooperation of all employees to pass the assessments made by the DILG.
The governor also recognized the effort of the provincial director of the DILG for her help in tracking the performance of the province, making it easier for the province to pass the assessments for the SGLG,
Chatto for his part, said the province sustained the assessment due to the active symbiosis and cooperation under the aegis of shared leadership.
For his part, Yap showed the Tribune the volumes of reports the city submitted to the DILG in an interview, which shows how intricate and comprehensive the survey made leading to the awarding of the SLGS to the city and other local government units in the province, including the province government.
Yap believes the seal is a testament on the direction of the governance in the city. It is comforting, said the mayor, that national agencies are overseeing what is being done in the local level, in particular, Tagbilaran.
The award is a result of a collective effort of the people behind the governance of the city, including Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso, and also the city government employees with the support of Gov. Edgar Chatto and the provincial government.
Yap also made special mention of the United States International Aid for Development (USAID) for the SURGE program that helped in streamlining certain processes including the reduction of steps in renewing business permits in the city and the increase in business tax collection.
The biggest challenge, moving forward, is to avoid complacency and strive to do more, said Yap.
THE LOWDOWN ON SGLG
The SGLG is an award given by the DILG to outstanding local government units to recognize the great work and efforts of the local government units.
The SGLG was introduced to provide greater challenge to the local government units and to maintain and continue their good governance practices by providing better services, and, at the same time, expanding coverage of the assessment.
To pass and covet the SGLG, a local government unit (LGU) needs to pass all three core assessment areas–good financial housekeeping, social protection and disaster preparedness, and, at least one of the essential assessment areas-business friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order or environmental management.
The SGLG was piloted in 2010, and the seal was able to promote better transparency and accountability in local government operations.
Yap and Chatto said survey made by the assessors was too intricate and they even made sure the LGU has been able to adhere to the laws to the last detail.
Yap said, for example, the assessors did not leave any stone unturned, including the installation of railings in the access areas for the persons with disabilities.
Those who conducted the assessment wanted to be assured an LGU has been able to provide near perfect services to the people.
OTHER LGUS WITH SGLG
DILG provincial director Louella Lucino extended her congratulations to the provincial government, Tagbilaran and four other LGUs in the province for capturing the SGLG during last Thursday’s Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting (PPOC).
Bohol entered the hall of fame of the SGLG after winning the SGLG in three consecutive years.
Only 28 provinces of the 81 provinces in the Philippines got the SGLG from the DILG, said Lucino. The SGLG is the highest award the DILG can give an LGU.
The awarding of the SGLG will be held on November 27 at Manila Hotel, she added.