DILG recognizes 866 LGUs for good housekeeping

A total of 866 provinces, cities and municipalities made it to the list of local governments that passed the criteria of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) for showing excellence in local governance, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Citing reports from the Bureau of Local Government Supervision, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said that of the 866 local government units (LGUs), 17 cities and 302 municipalities belong to the first round of SGH recipients (covering fourth to sixth class cities and municipalities); while 45 provinces, 46 cities and 456 municipalities to the second round (covering provinces and first to third class cities and municipalities).

Last year, 30 fourth to sixth class municipalities were also awarded with the Seal.

“Before we only focused on fourth to sixth class LGUs, but this time, we assessed all provinces, cities and municipalities because they all deserve to be acknowledged for their good governance initiatives,” said Robredo.

Out of the 866 LGUs, 487 are from Luzon, 125 are from Visayas and 254 are from Mindanao.

“These LGUs have complied with the Department’s full disclosure policy and have no adverse or disclaimer opinion rendered by the Commission on Audit (COA) on their financial reports,” he said.

The SGH is a program that aims to recognize LGUs that accord primacy to the principles of accountability and transparency since such are essential in building the long term foundation of a responsible local government system in the country.

The DILG Secretary said the LGUs that passed the Seal criteria are eligible to access the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the Department to help them jumpstart local development projects such as school buildings, rural health units, water and sanitation system, local roads and bridges, among others.

He, however, said that priority for the current year is given to lower income class LGUs.

“We are pleased that more and more LGUs are with us in the journey towards greater transparency, accountability, responsiveness and performance in governance,” Robredo said.

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