Tacloban gets 2017 Seal of Good Governance
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) – The Local Government Unit of Tacloban copped the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance, an incentives program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) which recognizes outstanding accomplishments of LGUs in financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, business friendliness and competitiveness and environmental management. This is the City’s first SGLG, four years after it has undergone massive rehabilitation, following the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.
Started by the late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo, the SGLG is the scaled up version of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), of which the LGU was a Silver Awardee in 2012
Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez said that the SGLG symbolizes the city’s commitment towards good local governance, transparency and accountability in the use of Public Funds.
The Chief Executive likewise cited that the award is an indication of how Tacloban has been able to recover after the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda; and said that will boost the confidence of investors and the business sector in doing business in the City.
Among the initiatives of the City Government which bring much-needed services to the communities is the Caring Giving and Reaching Out Barangayan Program. During the Barangayan, City residents avail of free medical services, live birth processing, legal assistance and other front-line services of government.
Four years after Yolanda, the City Government with help from National Government Agencies, has provided livelihood assistance to a total 13, 262 beneficiaries in the form of business trainings and provision of starter kits.
The City Government has also recently put up a satellite Office in Tacloban North, eight kilometres away from the City Center to bring government services closer to the resettlement sites.
It is also working on ways to provide permanent water supply and electric connection and other basic amenities to the northern part of Tacloban – touted as a new Township.
Gearing to be a “Smart City,” it launched recently an on-line Payment and Assessment System for taxpayers; and is set to install smart cameras and traffic systems in major streets.
Meantime, City DILG Director Atty. Darwin Bibar lauded Mayor Romualdez for implementing good governance initiatives and coming up with responsive programs for City residents, which merited the DILG Seal for the City.
“It’s an indication that Good Governance is taking place in the City, he said.
Bibar disclosed that the local government will be conferred the award this coming November 27 in the Awards Ceremony that will be held at the Manila Hotel.
Because of this latest award, Tacloban which is the only Highly Urbanized City (HUC) in Region 8 will be eligible to avail itself of additional funds for its priority development projects from the government’s Performance Challenge Fund.
Recently named most improved Highly Urbanized City and Finalist in the Most Business Friendly City by the National Competitiveness Council and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it was conferred the Silver Medal in the first run of the SGLG in 2012. But because of the setback posed by Super typhoon Yolanda in 2013; it was post-compliant in 2014 and 2015. Last year, it passed one of the core assessment areas, which is Peace and Order. – Henry James G. Roca