TABUK CITY, Kalinga – On April 22 this year, the provincial office of the Department of Interior and Local Government conducted an initial assessment of the city government which is one of the 145 cities in the country that is subject to the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) assessment.
The SGLG, being a progressive assessment system that gives distinction to remarkable local government performance across several areas, highlights integrity and good performance to institutionalize local governance reforms in the continuing pursuit for meaningful local autonomy and development.
With the first year of implementation of Republic Act No. 11292, or the SGLG Act, the Seal as a now-institutionalized award, incentive, honor and recognition-based program, aims to boost local governments’ commitment to continuously progress and improve their performance along various governance areas.
As part of the whole-of-government commitment in bringing about meaningful and lasting reforms, the SGLG’s predecessor – the Seal of Good Housekeeping ((SGH), was introduced in 2010. It was one of the earliest efforts to initiate results-based performance management in the country. In 2014, it evolved into the SGLG which now includes key governance areas.
The assessment criteria include the following: Financial Administration and Sustainability; Disaster Preparedness; Social Protection and Sensitivity; Health Compliance and Responsiveness; Sustainable Education; Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Safety, Peace and Order; Environmental Management; Tourism, Heritage Development, Culture and Arts; and Youth Development.
By Ian Jefrey Addatu