Dagupan City eyeing third consecutive award from DILG

DAGUPAN CITY — The city of Dagupan is eyeing a three-peat award as recipient of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) following an assessment conducted Tuesday afternoon by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

A team from the DILG headed by Assistant Regional Director Victoria Ramos conducted an assessment and evaluation of the city’s various programs and projects implemented under the administration of Mayor Belen Fernandez.

Dagupan City was conferred the SGLG award in 2015 and 2016 and could hopefully get its third straight recognition this year due to noteworthy projects and programs.

“We have actually proposed that a Distinction Award be given to LGUs which are recipients of the SGLG award for three consecutive years. There are nine LGUs in the region and Dagupan is among them,” said Ramos.

For this year, Ramos said an additional 19 indicators were included in their evaluation that focus on tourism and the culture and arts.

“We have upscaled our indicators to be relevant with the present times,” said Ramos. She said SGLG is now being recognized internationally, adding that the recipients must pass the 58 indicators embodied in the selection of awardees.

Speaking before the group, Mayor Fernandez expressed her observation that the SGLG program of the DILG has become very competitive as many LGUs are now striving to win the award.

“For us, this award will inspire us more to serve our people,” said Fernandez.

She recalled that Dagupan met and passed all the core components of the SGLG in 2015 and 2016 namely: on Financial Administration or Good Financial Housekeeping; Social Protection; and Disaster Preparedness.

The city also met the criteria in all of the three essential areas like Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Peace and Order; and Environmental Management. PNA-northboundasia.com