MAASIN CITY- This city and six other local government units in the region bagged this year’s prestigious “Seal of Good Local Governance” award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“It is an honor for Maasin City to have been conferred for the second time around with the SGLG award which is the highest recognition given by Department of Interior and Local Government to an LGU in its performance in the areas of financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business friendliness, environmental protection, and tourism, culture, and arts,” said Mayor Nacional “Nikko” Mercado.
“Being a recipient of the award just means that we are in the right track in our program implementation and the way we govern our day to day operations in the delivery of government services,” he added.
Mercado maintained that the success of the Maasin City is due to the collective efforts of city officials and employees ‘who worked very hard to elevate our performance to ensure that we are fulfilling our mandate of serving the people.’
He also lauded his constituents for inspiring them to do better.
The other city government in the region to bag the seal award is Baybay City.
For the municipal government category, the winners are Salcedo and Sulat, both in Eastern Samar, Barugo in Leyte, Gamay in Northern Samar, and Padre Burgos in Southern Leyte.
None of the region’s six provincial government units made it to the list.
A total of 263 local government units across the country won the awards.
SGLG is one of the awards bestowed by the DILG to local government units in the county using parameters which includes business-friendliness, competitiveness, and environmental management, among others.
Winners receive an incentive fund called Performance Challenge Fund which they could use of their own development projects.