• Albay fails to get governance seal


    LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: The province of Albay failed to get the Seal of Good Local Governance from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for being unable to provide basic social services specifically to persons with disability (PWD).

    Elouisa Pastor, DILG Bicol regional director, in a radio interview over Bombo Radio Legazpi said Albay province, although an awardee of Galing Pook, failed to build access ramps and rails prescribed in the National Building Code to cater to the needs of the PWD.

    The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) has replaced the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) in recognizing good performances of local government units (LGUs).

    Pastor said social protection shows sensitivity to the needs of vulnerable sectors like women, children, senior citizens, indigenous peoples and persons with disability, among others.

    An assessment team, according to her, found out that the Albay Capitol Building was not a PWD-friendly edifice for not having ramps and rails for PWD at the second floor of the building.

    Similarly, the assessment teams cited poor implementation of social protection core seals in two highly urbanized cities in Bicol such as Legazpi and Naga.

    Out of the 120 LGUs throughout the Bicol Region, 17 got the Seal of Good Local Governance from the DILG.

    Of the 254 LGUs that passed the SGLG assessment across the country, 17 LGUs or 14 percent of 120 LGUs in Bicol have passed the annual SGLG assessment of Bicol.

    The 17 LGUs have passed and were given “Green” scorecards in the three Basic Core Seal (Social Protection, Disaster Preparedness and Good Financial Housekeeping) and additional criteria, where the LGU can excel in one or all including business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management and peace and order.

    This year’s SGLG awardees are the provinces of Sorsogon; Catanduanes; Masbate City, the towns of Daet, Mercedes, Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Vicente, all in Camarines Norte; Camaligan, Canaman, Del Gallego, Ragay and San Fernando in Camarines Sur; Barcelona, Bulan and Pilar in Sorsogon and Bato town all in Catanduanes.

    The awardees, according to Pastor, would receive P7 million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) each for provincial awardees, P5 million for cities and P3 million each for municipalities.

    “This year’s SGLG awardees will receive a total of P61 million in PCF funds, an incentive given to LGUs thatcome in the form of counterpart funding for local development projects,” he said.


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