Benguet gets Seal of Good Local Governance award

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet- – The provincial government of Benguet gets the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) for 2015 for its good performance in keeping with the commitment to walk the “Daang Matuwid” program of the government and in raising the bar of excellence in local governance.

As an incentive, the provincial government gets the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) subsidy amounting to P7 million for priority projects.

Gov. Nestor Fongwan was informed of this good news through a letter from Department of Interior and Local Government – Cordillera Regional Director John Castañeda dated August 3, 2015.

To access the incentive, Castañeda stated that the identified project should be within the priority projects of the province’s 2015 Annual Investment Program (AIP) and should fall under the list of eligible PCF modular projects. Project proposal together with other preliminary requirements should be submitted not later than August 20, 2015.

One of the documentary requirements, a resolution from the provincial board authorizing Fongwan to enter into a Memorandum Agreement with the DILG, was tackled in the regular session of the board held recently.

The SGLG is a scaled up Seal of Good Housekeeping incentive which took off in 2010 aimed in promoting transparency and accountability in the use of public funds by delivering basic services responsive to the people’s needs under good governance.

In order to qualify as an SGLG recipient based on DILG guidelines, the 3 plus 1 principle applies . A local government which passes all three core assessment areas -good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness and social protection- and also at least one essential assessment area, business-friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order, or environmental management will be conferred with the award./JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet


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