The Municipality of Baler, together with the DILG Provincial Office of Aurora, inaugurated the new Pasalubong Center funded under the F.Y. 2022 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Incentive Fund on September 20, 2023.
As one of the awardees of the 2022 SGLG, Baler received PhP 5,000,000.00 to build easily accessible spaces for vendors to sell local products and other handicrafts so that tourists and residents alike can support micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the locality.
The prospective store owners were present for the blessing and celebrations alongside Baler’s LGU functionaries under the leadership of Mayor Rhett Ronan T. Angara and Vice Mayor Pedro M. Ong Jr.
The subsidy is used to finance high-impact projects included in the LGU’s Local Development Investment Program. The SGLG has been instrumental in upholding transparency and accountability among local governments, cultivating proactive actions in addressing emerging concerns in local administration and service delivery, and furthering both national and international development goals in order to continuously progress and sustain their notable performance across various governance areas.