In preparation of the 2018 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) implementation, Region 10 field officers underwent an orientation on May 2-3, 2018 at Hotel Conchita, Cagayan de Oro City.

     For this year, having the major upgrade: 4+1 to All-In, the LGU must pass all the areas of (1) Financial Administration; (2) Disaster Preparedness; (3) Social Protection; (4) Peace and Order; (5) Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness; (6) Environmental Management; and (7) Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

     Also, for a province to qualify, 10% of its component cities and municipalities must be passers (DILG Memorandum Circular 2018-49, entitled “2018 Seal of Good Local Governance: Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal”).

     “I know that it is difficult but if we look again to the criteria that we have for the SGLG, all of these are part of the technical assistance that we are giving to them [local government units],” said DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe in his opening remarks. “This is the reason why we, the DILG personnel, are present in all of the cities, municipalities and provinces to assist our LGUs.”

     Underscoring that most of the indicators are products of the assistance being given by the DILG, the Regional Director urged the participating DILG 10 field officers to exert effort in ensuring that support will be provided to their respective LGUs to pass the SGLG.

     Moreover, with the upcoming Barangay and SK Elections this May 14, the Regional Director reminded the participants to support and vote for only those who are deserving—the matitino, mahuhusay at maaasahang barangay and SK officials for continual development of the barangays in the region.

    The SGLG is intended to influence good governance behavior and local decision making, upgrade governance standards, and as well as to complement the Philippine Development Plan. In the previous year, Region 10 garnered 29 awardees composed of two (2) provinces, four (4) cities, and 23 municipalities.