All provinces and cities in EV were recognized
BY: LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA
TACLOBAN CITY- Almost all local government units in the region were recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government under its good financial housekeeping (GFH) award for 2019.
All the six provinces and seven cities of the region got the passing rate from the DILG.
Meantime, 123 municipalities also received same recognition.
This means, out of the 149 local government units of Eastern Visayas, namely, provinces, cities and municipalities, only 13 local government units failed to receive the recognition annually given by the DILG to all LGUs.
Of the 13 towns which failed to pass the GFH award, seven were from Leyte; two each from Eastern Samar and Northern Samar and one from Samar.
The GFH is one of the requirements for the seal of good local governance (SGLG).
LGUs that received recognition we’re given access to DILG’s programs and capacity development assistance and can avail of the Performance Challenge Fund in terms of financial assistance that they can use for their selected projects.
The six provinces of the region, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar managed to get the award.
Same is true with all cities of the region- Baybay, Calbayog, Catbalogan, Borongan, Ormoc, Maasin, and Tacloban.
All of the eight towns of Biliran province, Almeria, Biliran, Cabucgayan, Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan, Maripipi, and Naval also got the DILG nod.
In Eastern Samar, only the towns of Balangiga and Lawaan did not receive the seal.
The towns that got the recognition were Arteche, Balangkayan, Can-avid, Dolores, General Mac Arthur, Giporlos, Guiuan, Hernani, Jipapad, Llorente, Maslog, Maydolong, Mercedes, Oras, Quinapondan, Salcedo, San Juan, San Policarpio, Sulat and Taft.
Meanwhile, seven towns of Leyte failed to get the recognition: Albuera, Babatngon, Dagami, Matalom, Pastrana, Tolosa, and Villaba.
The 33 towns which received the DILG honor were Abuyog, Alangalang, Barugo, Bato, Burauen, Calubian, Capoocan, Carigara, Dulag, Hilongos, Hindang, Inopacan, Isabel, Jaro, Javier, Julita, Kananga, Lapaz, Leyte, MacArthur, Mahaplag, Matag-ob, Mayorga, Merida, Palo, Palompon, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sta. Fe, Tabango, Tabon-Tabon, Tanauan, and Tunga.
Out of the 24 towns of Northern Samar, only two failed to receive the recognition: Rosario and Silvino Lubos.
Getting the recognition were the municipalities of Allen, Biri, Bobon, Capul, Catarman, Catubig, Gamay, Laoang, Lapinig, Las Navas, Lavezares, Lope de Vega, Mapanas, Mondragon, Palapag, Pambujan, San Antonio, San Jose, San Isidro, San Roque, San Vicente and Victoria.
In Samar, only the town of Almagro failed to receive the recognition while the rest of its towns, Basey, Calbiga, Daram, Gandara, Hinabangan, Jiabong Marabut, Matuguinao, Motiong, Pagsangjan, Paranas, Pinabacdao, San Jorge, San Jose de Buan, San Sebastian, Sta. Margarita, Sta., Rita, Sto. Nino, Tagapul-an, Talalora, Tarangnan, Villareal, and Zumarraga, were bestowed of the same recognition.
Meantime, all the 17 towns of Southern Leyte, Anahawan, Bontoc, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Libagon, Liloan, Limasawa, Macrohon, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, Pintuyan, Saint Bernard, San Juan, San Ricardo, Silago, Sogod, and Tomas Oppus were recognized.