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PGB passes good governance regional assessment

“WOW! GOD IS SO GOOD TO US,” exclaimed a thankful and happy Gov. Marilou H. Cayco when she first learned that the Provincial Government of Batanes (PGB) passed the regional assessment for the coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

The SGLG is the annual yardstick of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Local Governments Units’ (LGUs) governance. The set of criteria used every year to measure the performance and compliance of the LGUs continuously changes to level up with the demands of time.

This year’s set of criteria has four core areas: Financial Administration, Social Protection, Disaster Preparedness, and Peace and Order; and three essential areas covering Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management, and the newest essential area – Tourism, Culture and the Arts. To pass the SGLG assessment, every LGU has to pass all the four core areas and at least one essential area.

The Peace and Order core area was formerly included among the essential areas, however, in this year’s assessment, it was elevated and included among the core areas. Moreover, they have added a new essential area – the Tourism, Culture and the Arts as a replacement for the former.

This was the first time the PGB passed the assessment. More so, the governor said that she could not have done this alone without the help of all the department heads who are directly involved in the delivery of basic services to the public.

The DILG provincial director Mr. Randolph F. Tabuso was speechless when he was congratulated by the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) after they officially announced the results of the LGU passers held in Santiago City, Isabela after the regional validation was made last month.

Apart from the documents showing compliance to existing laws, rules, and regulations as an LGU, compliance to Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 otherwise known as the Accessibility Law like the construction of a ramp and comfort rooms for persons with disabilities (PWDs), and other criteria such as posting of public documents on the Full Disclosure Policy Boards (FDPBs) were among the basic bases of the 2017 SGLG assessment.

Among the six municipalities of the province assessed by the RAT who came to Batanes, only the municipality of Ivana passed the regional level in the 2017 SGLG assessment. Now that the PGB and the LGU – Ivana have passed the regional assessment, the DILG Regional Office has already endorsed the Province’s and LGU – Ivana’s bids for the next calibration in the national level. The bid for the national calibration has started last month and the National Assessment Team (NAT) has to come soon to Batanes to verify every detail of the PGB’s and LGU – Ivana’s compliance to the requirements of the national assessment.

“I am very happy to inform everyone that we have passed the SGLG regional assessment, however, I would be happier if we will likewise pass the national assessment,” announced the governor during a meeting with the department heads. ●

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