ROXAS City (Sept 11)— The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has conferred this city the "Seal of Good Housekeeping" (SGH) for Component City in Western Visayas for achieving an "above-benchmark performance in internal housekeeping."
The "Seal" is given to local government units (LGUs) which "excel in the areas of planning, budgeting, revenue mobilization, financial management and budget execution, procurement and resource mobilization."
According to DILG, SGH is a program that institutionalizes the department's commitment to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation and performance.
Other recipients of this year's "Seal" were the component cities of Silay, Talisay, Bago, Kabankalan and Sipalay in Negros Occidental province.
Some towns in Capiz also received the "Seal" — Dumarao, Jamindan, Mambusao, Panay and Pontevedra.
These recipients were determined during the Round 2 evaluation.
Component city awardees are each entitled to a P3-million Performance Challenge Fund while municipality awardees will each be given P1 million upon submission of required documents.
The Performance Challenge Fund for Local Government Units is an incentive fund in the form of counterpart funding to high-impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program and funded by the 20-percent Development Fund consistent with national priorities.
It seeks to rationalize national government intergovernmental transfers to LGUs, and encourage alignment of local development initiatives with national government development agenda and priorities.
During the Round 1 evaluation, several Capiz towns — Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag, President Roxas, Ivisan and Sigma — also received the "Seal."
Earlier, Roxas City also received the Red Orchid Award, a national award given by the Department of Health for a promising implementation of the anti-smoking campaign.
Last month, the Roxas City police station also received the "Best Police Station (Component City)" award from the Police Regional Office 6 for its "outstanding transformation initiatives and performance in police administration and operation in line with the PNP's (Philippine National Police) Integrated Transformation Program."
Source: Felipe Celino/PN