Davao Oriental gets DILG 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance

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DAVAO ORIENTAL – For its excellent performance in local governance, Davao Oriental has made it to the list of Local Government Units that passed the Department of Interior and Local Government’s 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, who officially received the award during the SGLG National Conferment Ceremony in Manila recently, said he is proud of his province for being a consistent recipient of the distinction. He said this can be another window of opportunity for the province as funding institutions and investors will always look for a local government unit with a good track record.

DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno, in his letter to Governor Dayanghirang, said that the Provincial Government has passed all minimum parameters of the SGLG core components as follows: Financial Administration, Social Protection, and Disaster Preparedness.

Moreover, the Provincial Government has met the measures for all other essential areas as Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order and Environmental Management.

Through this award, the Provincial Government is entitled to access the Performance Challenge Fund – an incentive program for LGUs conferred with good local governance.  The province is also entitled in the facilitation of loan approval through the issuance of Good Financial Housekeeping Certification and avail other program windows.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang (right) and DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga during the SGLG 2016 Conferment Ceremony in Manila

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang (right) and DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga (left) during the SGLG 2016 Conferment Ceremony in Manila

Governor Dayanghirang largely credited the past administration under the leadership of former Governor now first district representative Congresswoman Corazon N. Malanyaon for laying the foundations of outstanding governance. “Having witnessed how the key policies, priority projects and programs of the former administration has impacted on the province, rest assured that these will be adopted and continued by this administration,” he says.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga congratulated the officialdom of the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental. She credited both the former and the current administrations for their consistent hard work that led the province to receive the distinction. “Although the assessment was based on the former administration’s performance, but still a portion of it is already with the new administration, particularly in the advocacy on peace and order. “During the validation, the assessing team really scrutinized the Governor’s commitment and support to the current national administration’s thrust in the reduction and elimination of illegal drugs,” she said, during the recent flag raising ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol.

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For the past years, the Province of Davao Oriental has been considered a local government unit worthy of emulation and recognition as it has been a consistent awardee in excellent local governance. First, Davao Oriental received the Seal of Good Governance Bronze in 2011 followed by Silver in 2012 which led the province to be awarded the 2012 Gawad Pamana Ng Lahi as Regional Winner, considered the mother of all awards and the highest award that can be conferred a local government unit by the DILG.

Last year, Davao Oriental received the 2015 SGLG and now received the 2016 SGLG. Now on its second year, the SGLG has maintained the primary requirements and used assessment tools based on upgraded criteria.

For this year, out of 12 LGUs, including the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental, 11 have passed the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping and out of the twelve LGUs, seven have passed the SGLG, namely: Lupon, City of Mati, Manay, Caraga, Baganga, and Cateel. “Of all the provinces in region eleven, Davao Oriental has the most number of passers,” Sunga said.

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She extended her heartfelt gratitude to the Provincial Government workers for the assistance and the good performance. “This is not the end. Let us sustain or surpass the achievement that you have been receiving. We believe as your partner agency, Davao Oriental has more to offer. Let us prove to the people of Davao Oriental that you are really worthy of the said award. Let us prove to them that indeed we are public servants. We are here to serve the community. We are here to perform what we took oath with when we entered government service,” she added. By PIO
 

 

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