THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded Dagupan City its third Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) during the awarding ceremony held at the Manila Hotel, Tent City on November 27.
DILG City Director Rhoderick M. Dawis said the Fernandez administration received positive assessment in the field of financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order; and obtained high marks in business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management and tourism, culture and the arts.
Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, along with Dawis and City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman, received the award from DILG Acting Sec. Catalino Cuy and Political Adviser, Sec. Francis N. Tolentino.
In accepting the award, Fernandez acknowledged the support of the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, department heads and division heads, city hall employees, national government agencies in the city, and non-government organizations for the city’s programs and projects that made the award possible.
“Ako po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng taong nasa likod ng tagumpay nating ito. Inspirasyon ko ang ating award. Lahat ng oras, sipag at hirap para makamit natin ulit ang tagumpay. Lalo ko pong paghuhusayan ang aking pamamahala sa ating mahal na lungsod ng Dagupan. Ito ay nagpapatunay na ang pagbabago at unliserbisyo ay daan patungo sa asenso,” said Fernandez.
The SGLG award gives the city the privilege to access programs and projects provided by the national government and enhance its capability to secure loans and incentives from government financing institutions.
“This is on top of the Performance Challenge Fund, which the city will receive as an incentive for having received the award,” said Dawis.
The city will receive P2.4 million worth of projects.
Fernandez noted that this year’s SILG theme “Gobyernong may Malasakit Tungo sa Pagbabago at Patuloy na Pag-unlad” is akin to her “Pag-asa’t Pagbagbago” which, she said, is now doing great for the city.
With the development of the three growth centers described in the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance, Dagupeños can expect progress and employment opportunities. (CIO/NJCB)