DILG Recognizes ZamboSur’s Good Governance
No less than Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Ismael D. Sueno gave the Certificate of Recognition award to the Province of Zamboanga del Sur last November in its good local governance. This symbolizes the province’s commitment towards good local governance and for passing three out of six Local Governance Assessment Areas for the year 2016 as one of the qualifier in these years of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), namely:
- Financial administration
- Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness
- Environmental Management
The SGLG symbolizes the LGU’s commitment towards good local governance in line with the six Local Governance Assessment Areas particularly in financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, business friendliness and competitiveness and environmental management, and peace and order.
It aims to promote transparency and accountability in the use of public funds by delivering basic services responsive to the people’s needs under good governance.
According to DILG, the SGLG only measured the levels of compliance to the Department’s Full Disclosure Policy, particularly in the areas of budget, revenues and procurement, among others, having no adverse COA findings, as well as meeting the requirements of Anti-Red Tape Act.
The SGLG covers more areas of governance to provide greater challenge to our local governments to continue good governance practices while providing better services.
Based on DILG guidelines, a local government can qualify as a SGLG recipient if it passes the three major standards – good financial housekeeping, the existence of a disaster reduction and management plan and the provision of social protection services.
Those who qualified for the SGLG will have the opportunity to avail of additional funds for their priority development projects from the government’s Performance Challenge Fund.
The province of Zamboanga del Sur is consistently avowed among the Top 10 Most Competitive Provinces out of 81 provinces all over the country. The provincial government was also affirmed as Most Valuable Partner by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for its efficient and updated tax collection which made the province earned the citation of Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The province is also the first PLGU in the Philippines to impose province-wide Electronic Real Property Taxation via internet connectivity for fast and well-organized collection that enable us to accumulate over Php 50 million worth of tax revenues all over the province for the very first time.