The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) to Lamitan City — it’s the fifth since 2016.
Mayor Roderick Furigay personally received the SGLG award from the DILG Central Office last week, a source from his office said.
Furigay gave the credit for the award to the 45 barangay government units because of their support to the city’s good governance initiatives.
Gerry Salapudin, administrator of the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA), said the award is a testimony to the city’s competitiveness in terms of local governance.
He said the local government units in Basilan are “as functional as those in other regions.”
“An award like SGLG can help improve the investment climate in the municipalities, cities, and provinces that gets one from DILG,” Salapudin said.
Lamitan City is one of the two cities on the island of Basilan. The other one is Isabela City.
“We were elated with the feat achieved by Basilan,” Basilan Gov. Jim Salliman said in a phone interview on Saturday, November 19.
Some 350 LGUs received the SGLG award this year for their outstanding performance despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr. said 18 provinces, 60 cities, and 272 municipalities comprised the 350 awardees.
These LGUs, he said, passed the litmus test of SGLG standards.
This year’s awardees have persisted in giving exemplary services to their constituents despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Abalos said.
“I commend you for your commitment to raising local governance standards despite the challenges brought by the pandemic and other calamities we have faced,” the Interior chief said.
SGLG, formerly the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), was started by the late DILG chief Jesse Robredo in 2010.
Initially, the program was designed to initiate results-based performance management among LGUs in the country. In 2014, it was renamed SGLG which includes key governance areas. (John Unson/ amm)
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