Mayor Cristina hopeful Tacloban will get 2017 SGLG
TACLOBAN CITY – Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez expressed optimism on Thursday, that the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacloban will get the Seal of Good Local Governance for 2017, this is following a round of assessments made by the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The four-member assessment team composed of DILG Biliran officers namely Jerry Enriquez, Bernardita Saboy, Dexter Narido and Brian Albert Penaflor met with Mayor Romualdez and City Department Heads to evaluate the LGU’s adherence to the standards set by the SGLG which are divided into two – the Core Areas and the Essential Areas.
The SGLG Core Assessment Areas are Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection and Peace and Order, while the essential areas include Business-friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management and Tourism Culture and Arts.
The LGU needs to pass all four Core Areas, and at least one of the Essential Areas to get the seal and be eligible to incentives, such as the Performance Challenge Fund and access to other national performance-based programs.
Meantime, Mayor Romualdez thanked the assessors and said she is hopeful Tacloban will be conferred the 2017 SGLG.
The Local Office of the DILG said the assessors was impressed at how the LGU prepared for the Regional Assessment.
City DILG Local Government Operations Officer Maridel B. Burgos said that they are positive the City will get the Seal for 2017 after the assessors noted the extensive preparations made by the City Government and the local DILG for the evaluation.
According to Burgos the preparation included a mock assessment and gathering of pertinent documents.
She added, that the results of the regional assessment will be further validated by a team of national evaluators.
Tacloban was conferred the Silver Medal in the first run of the SGLG in 2012, while in succeeding years, 2014 and 2015 it was post–compliant. For 2016 the Highly Urbanized City passed one of the core assessment areas, which is Peace and Order. – HENRY JAMES G. ROCA /CIO, Photos by Tim Canes/CMO