The Western Visayas Department of Home Affairs and Local Government conducts the Regional Good Local Governance Seal Assessment at MassKara Hall in the Bacolod Government Center on April 21. (City PIO Photo)
This is how Maria Calpiza Sardua, Deputy Director of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for Western Visayas, described the position of the city of Bacolod in terms of local governance.
Sardua was in the city on Thursday April 21, during the regional evaluation of the Local Good Governance Label (SGLG).
“I think we did a good job in the first round and I look forward to the visit of the national evaluation team (in Bacolod),” she said, adding that the purpose of the activity is to highlight the achievements of the locality in terms of the areas of governance that have been established.
The SGLG is a rewards, incentives, honors and recognition based program for all local government units in the country which aims to strengthen the commitment of LGUs to improve their performance in various areas of governance.
The Regional Assessment Team (RAT) consisting of DILG Aklan Provincial Director Carmelo Orbista, Civil Society Organization (CSO) representative Emmanuel Areño and Jessana Carmela Tatoy, Local Government Operations Manager (LGOO) V, SGLG Regional Focal Point, DILG – Western Visayas.
Regional validators traveled to the city to conduct an initial assessment including a site visit, desk review and interview with key city officials.
They also assessed documents, inspected facilities, supplies and equipment at the Bacolod City Government Center, Vista Alegre Evacuation Center, Annex Building, City Health Office, College of the city of Bacolod and observed the working systems, in particular of the local management of disaster risk reduction. Office (DRRMO) at Old City Hall and Bacolod Government Center.
For his part, the Mayor of Bacolod, Evelio Leonardia, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our leaders for bringing Bacolod to where it is today (and) we believe that we should always be partners here.”
SGLG indicators include financial administration, social protection, disaster preparedness, tourism, culture and arts, sustainable education, health compliance and responsiveness, environmental management, youth development, peace and order, business friendliness and competitiveness.
During the feedback session, Sardua explained that the national SGLG assessment, which was supposed to take place in June, has been moved to July this year.
Republic Act No. 11292, or the Good Local Governance Seal Act of 2019, recognizes the good performance of local government units (LGUs) in transparency and accountability in the use of public funds, preparation challenges posed by disasters, sensitivity to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society, implementation of health programs, promotion of investment and employment, protection of voters against threats to life and property damage, and safeguarding the integrity of the environment.
The act also encourages all LGUs to take on greater challenges, encourage results-based performance, and reward local governments for their efforts in pursuing the general welfare of their constituency and in enforcing existing laws. .
In 2020, Bacolod City obtained the 2020 SGLG Award from DILG. (MAP with PR)