LINGAYEN–A national validating team from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has completed its document review and onsite visit in the province in connection with Pangasinan’s bid for its fifth Seal of Local Governance.
Local Government Operations Officer V Alvin Rex Lucero of DILG Region IX, and head of the validation team, said he saw the high level of dynamics of local governance of Pangasinan, which he hopes to be replicated in other parts of the country.
Lucero also cited the institutional capacity of the provincial government in disaster risk reduction and management as evidenced by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) manned by personnel holding prescribed plantilla positions.
Formerly under the governor’s office, PDRRMO became a separate department by virtue of an ordinance passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan upon the request of Governor Amado Espino III.
Lucero noted PDRRMO’s capability in terms of planning, disaster response, risk understanding, having the presence of a compliant evacuation center, and the close coordination with lower disaster risk reduction and management offices.
“All these give us no reason at all not to recommend the province of Pangasinan for the 2019 SGLG,” Lucero said.
Prior to the national validation, the DILG regional assessment team conducted its thorough review and assessment of the documents, and the Provincial Evacuation Center managed by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, and PDRRMO.
With Lucero was Local Governance Operations Officer II Mae Ann Casuyac.
Pangasinan is one of two provinces that have been consistently receiving the SGLG since the award was scaled up in 2015 from the previous Seal of Good Housekeeping.
Under the Espino administration, Pangasinan was conferred the SGLG for four consecutive years (2015-2018). A Local Government Unit awarded with an SGLG is given the Performance Challenge Fund as cash incentive. (Leonardo Micua)
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