Lingayen- -The Municipal Government has succeeded in pursuing excellence in local governance under the able leadership of MAYOR JOSEFINA “IDAY”V. CASTAŇEDA after bagging the 2016 SEAL OF GOOD LOCAL GOVERNANCE (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The awarding ceremonies, which was held on October 27, 2016 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila, coincided with the 25th Anniversary of the Local Government Code. This year’s award was personally received by ATTY. SUNSHINE ROBLES-COSME, Municipal Administrator and MS. GINA ESLERA, Municipal DILG Officer in behalf of MAYOR JOSEFINA “IDAY” V. CASTAŇEDA and LGU Lingayen from DILG Secretary ISMAEL SUENO and Senator SONNY ANGARA
The SGLG or “Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal” was launched by the DILG in January 15, 2014 during the Local Governance Summit at the PICC in Manila. This was after the successful run of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH). The SGLG provided a greater challenge to LGUs to continue good governance practices while providing better services. While the SGH was the SGLG’s predecessor, the former only measured level of compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy, specifically in the areas of budgeting, revenues and procurement, absence of adverse or negative audit findings and compliance with the anti-red tape act, among others. With the SGLG, LGUs are challenged not only to sustain the practice of accountability and transparency (Good Financial housekeeping) but are also able to prepare for risks and dangers posed by disasters (Disaster Preparedness) and are sensitive to the needs of the vulnerable and marginalized sectors of society (Social Protection).
Moreover, the SGLG also drives LGUs to encourage investment and employment (Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness); protect the constituents from threats to life and security (Peace and Order); and safeguard the integrity of the environment (Environmental Management).
According to former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, close to 84% of the total number of LGUs in the entire country have already met the minimum requirements for the SGH including Lingayen, which was conferred with the SGH award in 2015. This SGH award was a manifestation of Lingayen’s readiness to take on more challenges.
For the SGLG, local government units were assessed on the basis of improved criterion set by the DILG from March to September 2016.
LGU Lingayen is among 306 LGUs in the entire country conferred with the award having passed in all three core assessment areas and has likewise qualified in terms of one of the essential assessment areas aforementioned. Being an awardee, LGU Lingayen is not only conferred with the award but is entitled to a package of incentives as well such as the Performance Challenge Fund and other national performance based programs.
In the midst of this accolade, let it be noted that credit should be given to whom credit is due- to Mayor “Iday” whose leadership by example has inspired and motivated officials and employees to work as one team towards the achievement of one common goal- excellence in public service delivery. In the continuous quest for excellence, Mayor “Iday” underscores the fact that to be an exemplary public servant, one has to always take an extra step and walk the extra mile.
With her administration’s feats and triumphs, it can be said that Mayor Iday has built a niche for herself in Lingayen’s political arena. Although she has carried on with the late Mayor Jonas’ legacy, she has gradually introduced reforms which she believes will hasten the development of this Municipality.
Mayor Iday has dreamt of making Lingayen the benchmark of best practices in local governance in the Province and in the Region. These best practices should therefore be sustained if only to prove that Lingayen is deserving of this citation.
The Seal of Good Local Governance awarded to the Municipality of Lingayen, which symbolizes integrity and good performance is another feather on the Mayor’s cap and on the entire LGU officialdom. The Mayor encourages everyone not to “rest on our laurels” and be complacent but to work harder to achieve more and become better.
This is a Legacy worth our pride, worth immortalizing, worth emulating and worth passing on to a grateful generation after us.