Having achieved the Seal of Good Housekeeping (Bronze and Silver), the LGU-Tacurong City now aims to get the Seal of Good Local Governance or SGLG from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
For the LGU to become an SGLG recipient, it needs to pass all the three core assessment areas – Good Financial Housekeeping; Social Protection and Disaster Preparedness; and at least one from the essential assessment areas – Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace & Order or Environmental Management.
According to City Administrator Eduardo Nicolo, SGLG is an even more challenging feat to attain than the Seal of Good Housekeeping.
The Seal of Good Housekeeping only measured the levels of compliance to the Department’s Full Disclosure Policy, particularly in the areas of budget, revenues and procurement, among others, having no adverse COA findings, as well as meeting the requirements of anti-red tape act.
“An LGU must always be up for the challenge of offering the best in terms of governance and service. We are always willing to learn from the outcomes of each evaluation,” said Mayor Lina Montilla.
The city government of Tacurong was subject to a two-day SGLG regional evaluation for which commenced on June 16, 2014.
Members of the evaluation team from DILG-Provincial Office in Kidapawan City conducted a document review and interview session with the LGU officials and heads of offices. Also present during the evaluation conference were officials of the City Schools Division of Tacurong and Tacurong City Police Office.
The team also visited different areas in the city such as the public terminal, the materials recovery facility (MRF), the Sangguniang Panlungsod Office, and the City Health Office, among others. The evaluators also visited some barangays in the city.
The LGU was evaluated for its performance in 2013.
SGLG was launched on January 15, 2014 during the Good Governance Summit at the PICC in Manila. SGLG covers all provinces, cities and municipalities. The DILG national office with partner organizations shall select qualified LGUs starting on the third quarter, while the awarding shall take place in October of each year.