CATARMAN, Northern Samar– Barangay officials in Northern Samar are gathered for their reorientation seminar-workshop on the seal of good local governance barangay (SGLGB) level.

Piloted in 2021, the SGLGB is a recognition-based program that is similar to the seal of good local governance (SGLG) which aims to monitor and give awards to progress, leadership, and improvements in the barangay level, including the public service they provide to their constituents.

Assessment includes governance in public safety, peace and order, financial administration and sustainability, disaster preparedness, social protection and sensitivity, business-friendliness and competitiveness, and environmental management.

In his message, DILG Regional Director Arnel Agabe emphasized the important role of the barangays in local government despite being the smallest political unit.

“Though the smallest political unit, it is the most critical since it is the primary planning and implement unit of the government. Likewise, barangays are the venue for amicable settlements and development fora,” Agabe said.

He added that it is in the barangay where the progress of the provinces depends since they are in the grassroots.

Meanwhile, provincial director Geraldine Maquelabit in her message, said that assessment is necessary and important to determine and ensure the quality of services provided by the local officials and the government to the public and to guarantee that the barangay is doing its mandate.