DILG AWARDEES. All of the six provinces and seven cities of the region were recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) of its 2018 Good Financial Housekeeping. The recognition elated Eastern Samar acting Governor Ferdinand Marcelo Picardal(left) and his administrator, George Erroba. (Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY- All six provinces of the region and its seven cities, to include Tacloban City, its only highly urbanized city, passed the 2018 Good Financial Housekeeping’ being bestowed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) among local government units.
Meantime, 120 municipalities also received same recognition from the DILG.
Eastern Samar provincial administrator George Erroba said they are elated about the latest recognition from DILG, adding that the administration of acting Governor Marcelo “Dindo” Picardal is on the “right track” in pushing transparency and good governance under his banner program “Proyekto 25”.
“We want Eastern Samar to rise. For so long a time, we’ve been part of the list of poorest provinces in the country. It’s the challenge under our Gov. Picardal. This is the reason why he’s doing everything for the inclusive solution through ‘Proyekto 25’ for the province to be out from the list of poorest provinces,” said Erroba.
Under the administration of Picardal, Erroba said that province’s “Proyekto 25” focuses on the development of agri-fishery, tourism, health, and good governance to lower the poverty incidence of 46.3 percent of the province into 25 percent.
Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez also said he is pleased with the passing of Ormoc and congratulated Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo “Toto” Locsin, the councilors, and the city workers “for a job well done.”
According to the mayor, the city’s passing rate belied the claims of his detractors that Ormoc City Hall is mismanaged.
Meanwhile, Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado said that the recognition shows that the city government “is utilizing government resources for the benefit of the people.”
“Passing DILG’s good financial housekeeping shows that we’ve done the correct planning and implementation of our resources by following the proper process and procedures set by Commission on Audit (COA) on procurement,” Mercado said.
Other passers for the provincial level are Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, Southern Leyte, and Biliran provinces.
For the cities, the other passers are Borongan, Baybay, Tacloban, Calbayog, and Catbalogan.
The list of passers under the municipal level includes:
Biliran: Almeria, Biliran, Caibiran, Culaba, Kawayan, Maripipi, and Naval.
Northern Samar: Biri, Bobon, Capul, Catarman, Catubig, Gamay, Laoang, Lapinig, Las Navas, Lavezares, Mapanas, Mondragon, Palapag, Pambujan, Rosario, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Jose, San Roque, San Vicente, Silvino Lobos, Victoria, and Lope de Vega.
Samar: Almagro, Basey, Calbiga, Daram, Gandara, Hinabangan, Marabut, Motiong, Pinabacdao, San Sebastian, Sta. Margarita, Sta. Rita, Sto. Nino, Tarangan, Villareal, Paranas, San Jorge, and Pagsanghan.
Southern Leyte: Anahawan, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Libagon, Liloan, Macrohon, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, Pintuyan, San Juan, San Ricardo, Silago, Sogod, Tomas Oppus, and Limasawa.
Eastern Samar: Arteche, Balangiga, Balangkayan, Can-avid, Dolores, General MacArthur, Giporlos, Guiuan, Hernani, Jipapad, Llorente, Maslog, Maydolong, Oras, Quinapondan, Salcedo, San Julian, San Policarpio, Sulat, and Taft.
Leyte: Abuyog, Alangalang, Albuera, Babatngon, Barugo, Bato, Burauen, Calubian, Capoocan, Carigara, Dagami, Dulag, Hilongos, Hindang, Inopacan, Jaro, Javier, Julita, Kananga, La Paz, Leyte, MacArthur, Mahaplag, Matag-ob, Matalom, Mayorga, Merida, Palo, Palompon, San Isidro, San Miguel, Tabango, Tabontabon, Tanauan, Tunga, and Villaba.
As of its January 25 report, DILG said only 86 percent of the LGUs in the country have passed the good financial housekeeping standards. Of the 1, 715 LGUs they assessed, only 1, 470 have passed their standards. (RONALD O.REYES)