TARLAC’S lone city and 10 other municipalities underwent the 2022 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) national validation from August 31 to September 2.
Validators from the national government came to meet with local officials of Victoria, Paniqui, Pura, Moncada, Gerona, San Clemente, Tarlac City, Sta. Ignacia, Capas, Camiling and Bamban to personally authenticate the two municipality’s good financial housekeeping; disaster preparedness; social protection for the basic sector; business-friendliness and competitiveness; environmental management; and law and order and public safety.
Personnel from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Office Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS)–where the SGLG is lodged, took the lead in the series of assessments.
During her visits, DILG Tarlac Provincial Director Armi Bactad stressed the importance of the SGLG as it effectively promotes not only compliance of LGUs to the provisions of the Local Government Code, but it also ensures that the needs of the people are satisfied.
The national validation is part of the process of selecting SGLG awardees enshrined in Republic Act 11292 or the SGLG Law. It primarily aims to ensure the quality and accuracy of the LGU’s documents and facilities presented during the recent SGLG Regional Assessment conducted on the month of April to May 2022.
In Bamban Mayor Alice Guo’s social media post, she said that she is thankful of the opportunity to meet the national validators and the team from the provincial DILG.
“Tayo po ay masaya at nabigyan po tayo ng pagkakataon na makaharap ang ating mga national validators at ang provincial DILG na pinangungunahan ni Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagbisita,” Guo said.
She also made-mention of the efforts of the Sangguniang Bayan and the department heads of the local government of Bamban.
“Sa aking Vice Mayor Ding Anunciacion at sa lahat ng SB Members also to our department heads, Bamban MPS that prepared for this validation, thank you po for all the efforts kahit 3 days lang ang nabigay sa atin, we still managed to pull it through. Dahil kapag sama-sama, kayang-kaya tungo sa pag asenso,” she said adding that, “Ito po ang kauna-unahang pagkakaton na napabilang ang bayan ng Bamban sa mga LGUs na ini-idolo lang natin, na nakapasa sa regional level of validation or deemed as ‘potential passers’ of the Seal.
SGLG is DILG’s most prestigious award given to a Local Government Units (LGUs) that exhibited exemplary and innovative local governance practices. Now on its third run, it aims to inculcate good local governance among LGUs and give recognition for those which consistently strive to upscale services extended to their constituents
“Ang Pamahalaang Bayan ng Camiling ay muling sumailalim sa Pambansang Pagtatasa ng 2022 SGLG. Sinusukat ng pagtatasang ito ang kahusayan at katapatan sa serbisyo at pamamahala ng mga natatanging Pamahalaang Lokal na umabot sa pambansang antas” Camiling Mayor Erlon Agustin pointed-out.
He added, “Magugunita na ang ating LGU ay palagiang pumapasa sa SGLG nitong mga nakaraang taon. Sinasalamin nito ang ating integridad at mahusay na pagganap sa mga tungkulin na naiatas sa atin. Asahan po ninyo na tuloy-tuloy ang pagsisikap ng Pamahalaang Bayan upang maihatid sa hapag ng bawat Camileño ang nararapat na uri at antas ng serbisyo at paglilikod-bayan.”
Capas Mayor Roseller “Boots” Rodriguez, for his part, commended the officers and employees of the municipality of Capas.
“Hats off to the hardworking officers and employees of the Municipal Government of Capas, Vice-Mayor Alex Espinosa, together with the Sangguniang Bayan Members and LGU Department Heads for your valuable contributions to the success of the recently concluded National Validation of Seal of Good Local Governance 2022. Sa Gobyernong tapat, Capas ang aangat,” Rodriguez said.
The results of the assessment will be presented to the Council of Good Local Governance who will come up with the final list of awardees.
Earlier, the provincial government of Tarlac likewise undergo a national SGLG validation.