Ilocos Norte receives 'Seal of Good Local Governance'


Oct. 21, 2016 ...

After a nationwide assessment of local government units (LGUs) nationwide, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) qualified for the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The evaluation period was from March to September of this year, targeting the three core components of the SGLG: financial administration, social protection, and disaster preparedness.

PGIN also met the measures for all three essential areas of the SGLG: business friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order, and environmental management.

This surpassed the minimum requirement of one essential area and all three core areas in order to qualify for the SGLG.

Bearing the SGLG entitles PGIN to access the Performance Challenge Fund (PC Fund), an incentive to LGUs in the form of counterpart funding to selected high-impact capital investment projects.

The PC Fund seeks "to rationalize national government intergovernmental transfers to LGUs, and encourage alignment of local development initiatives with national government development agenda and priorities."

In addition, PGIN will be entitled to the facilitation of loan approval through the issuance of the Good Financial Housekeeping Certification, and other program windows subject to respective guidelines.

A conferment ceremony for all SGLG recipients will be held in Pasay City on October 27.