The Regional Assessment Team (RAT) of DILG Region III headed by DILG Assistant Regional Director Araceli A. San Jose conducted the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Assessment last April 7, 2016.

ARD San Jose shared that the SGLG, an upgraded version of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) aims to provide greater challenge to local governments to continue good governance practices while providing better services. She informed the group that the assessment is being conducted to gauge and improve the performance of the LGU in the six (6) basic areas: financial administration; disaster preparedness; social protection; business friendliness and competitiveness; environment management; and peace and order. She also introduced the members of the RAT.

For the local government unit to pass the assessment, it needs to comply all three (3) core elements of the SGLG and at least one from the other assessment areas to be able to become an SGLG recipient, or what is known as the 3+1 formula.

Armed with the appropriate documents, the provincial department heads and representatives from the PNP and DepEd showed eagerness in entertaining the concerns of the assessment team with the aim of giving the province another shot at the coveted SGLG. The Provincial Government of Zambales was among the provinces in Region 3 awarded with the 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance and a monetary incentive worth P7 million pesos.

Finally, the RAT conducted an exit conference to feedback the observations generated during the assessment.

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