Iloilo bags 2nd Seal of Good Housekeeping
ILOILO — The provincial government here has once again been recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for excellence in good governance and transparency.
DILG named the province one of the recipients of the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping Award, the second received by Iloilo since Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. assumed office in 2010.
“We are very happy that our efforts to institutionalize reform here are being recognized by no less than the DILG,” Defensor announced in a press conference in his office.
The Seal of Good Housekeeping is awarded to local government units that successfully meet the requirements of the full-disclosure policy, have exemplary standards of frontline services and procurement, and proven to have no adverse or disclaimer audit findings by the Commission on Audit.
Defensor said the award will allow the province to access national government programs like the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program, now called Grassroots Participatory Budget Process; Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or PAMANA; Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat or SALINTUBIG; and Special Local Road Fund.
BUB is “participatory governance in action.” It encourages partnership between the local government and civil society.
It also urges the citizens to articulate their needs to the government and pinpoint the projects responsive to their needs.
PAMANA, on the other hand, is a peace and development program in conflict-affected areas, as well as communities covered by existing peace agreements.
SALINTUBIG is designed to provide water supply systems to waterless municipalities all over the country, while the Special Local Road Fund is for the development of various road networks in the countryside.
Defensor has not yet decided which among the national programs the province will avail.
In a letter to Defensor, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas II said that, this year, the Interior department will scale up the Seal of Good Housekeeping to the Seal of Good Local Governance.
The “new Seal,” Roxas said, will cover a much wider scope of local government performance — good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection for the basic sector, business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental compliance, law and order, and public safety. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno, Capitol News/PN)