By Danny Estacio
LUCENA CITY -The Provincial Government of Quezon headed by governor Danilo Suarez has proven again its exceptional governance in the delivery of public service as it was accorded the prestigious 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) during the national awarding rites held at the Manila Hotel on Tuesday.
The DILG, together with partner agencies, conferred 17 provinces, 57 cities and 306 municipalities the much coveted SGLG marker in this year’s rites that carried the theme: “Tapat at Mahusay na Pamamahalang Lokal.”
SGLG is a progressive assessment system that gives LGUs distinction and honor for their noteworthy and significant performance across the following redefined “all-in” assessment criteria with specific modifications in most of the governance areas in financial administration; disaster preparedness; social protection; peace and order; business-friendliness and competitiveness; environmental management; tourism, culture, and the arts.
“As the SGLG moves forward as an institutionalized award and incentive program through R.A.11292, it is with great optimism that the LGU remains a pro-active partner in providing quality service and as agents of the government’s battle cry of “gobyernong may malasakit tungo sa pagbabago at patuloy na pag-unlad,” Secretary Eduardo Año said.
Suarez, on the other hand, said the success of the provinces is because of the diligence and tenacity of the previous administration of former Governor and now Quezon 2nd district Congressman David Suarez in upholding the standards of transparency, integrity, and service delivery.
Aside from the provincial government, out of 39 towns, five of the municipalities in the province also received the prominent award, namely: Guinayangan, Mauban, Gumaca, Panukulan, and Sampaloc.
Suarez will have eligibility to the DILG Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to finance their local development projects; and priority access to other programs and capacity development assistance from the DILG.