LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Legacy of excellence continues as the province of Pangasinan under the leadership of Gov. Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III bagged the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Gov. Espino who personally received the award from DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno and Senator Sonny Angara on October 27 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila expressed elation over the recent feat of the province as he vowed to continue the legacy which he inherited from the previous administration and to strive further to do better in the coming years.
In an interview by the media recently Gov. Espino said that this is a great achievement which came after he had just recently marked his first 100 days as the provincial chief executive.
“Credit is due also to the past administration headed by the now 5th District Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr., who paved the way for the realization of the immense changes and development now observed in the province,” he said.
He said that his administration is bent to sustain the best practices and programs of his predecessor while conceptualizing new platforms to address the various needs of the province.
As such, all local government units nationwide were assessed based on upgraded criteria set by the DILG from the period of March to September this year.
Secretary Sueno noted in his letter that Pangasinan passed all the minimum parameters of the SGLG’s core components namely: financial administration, social protection and disaster preparedness.
LGU Pangasinan also met with flying colors three essential areas of the program such as business friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order, and environmental management.
It can be recalled that Pangasinan is a consistent recipient of DILG awards under the stewarship of Gov. Pogi’s father, Cong. Espino, even before the SGLG was then called as Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) award.
The SGLG is an upgraded version of the SGH, a brainchild of former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo.
By Dexter A. See