Lingayen, Pangasinan — The provincial government of Pangasinan gained good remarks from validators sent by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the 2018 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) national validation.
“Excellence in local governance is your way of life,” said Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief Dino Ponsaran of DILG – Regional Office VI (RO-VI) during the SGLG national validation held on August 23 at the Capitol Resort Hotel, here.
“If excellence in local governance is your way of life, what can hinder you from getting your 4th SGLG?,” Ponsaran further said during the opening formalities, held before he led the document review, and onsite visits of offices for the validation.
Gunning for the province’s fourth SGLG award, Governor Amado I. Espino, III along with Provincial Administrator Nimrod S. Camba, led provincial government department heads in providing the SGLG validators proofs in compliance with the seven assessment area.
Since 2015 when the SGLG was launched by the DILG, LGU Pangasinan has been a consistent passer, bagging the SGLG (2015, 2016, and 2017).
For 2018, the SGLG elevates the assessment criteria from “4+1” to “ALL-IN”. With this, an LGU vying for the SGLG must pass all areas of: financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and tourism, culture and the arts.
Aside from these areas, an LGU has to demonstrate the positive results of its reform efforts, taking into account local leadership and the cohesive action of the entire workforce.
Governor Espino underscored the concerted efforts of the Capitol workforce — the rank and file employees, department heads, and the provincial officials — in propelling the province’s growth and development.
“We will continue the good work, not only for us, but for the next generations of Pangasinenes,” said Governor Espino, as he dedicated the roster of awards conferred to the province to every Pangasinense.
Meanwhile, DILG provincial director Agnes De Leon hailed Pangasinan for being recognized as top implementer in the country of the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces.
De Leon disclosed that even the DILG has been presenting the governance assessment report of LGU Pangasinan as example during the presentation of the agency’s flagship programs.
With Ponsaran and De Leon during the SGLG validation were Ildefonso Oranejo, and Aubrey Faraon, also from DILG (RO-VI), and Hope Ordono of DILG Regional Office 1. /Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca
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