By Emmanuel P. Solis

 sglc1LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 28 (PNA) — Legazpi City was among 306 local government units (LGUs) across the country which received the “2016 Seal of Good Local Governance Award” (SGLG) award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for its good governance practices.

Mayor Noel E. Rosal announced Friday that DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno and Senator Sonny Angara handed a plaque of recognition and P3 million check to him and DILG-Legazpi Director Elmer Villanueva during the awards ceremonies Thursday in Manila. Rosal said the SGLG award is the highest recognition given by DILG to an LGU in its performance in the areas of financial administration, social protection and disaster preparedness.

He said the three other criteria in the award include business friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order, and environmental management. “The SGLG award will inspire our investors to do more business in the city,” Rosal said.

He said the Php 3 million that came with the award can be used to implement important projects and programs of the city administration. Rosal said the award would also help the city hurdle one of the requirements for securing approval of loans in the bank. In the Bicol region, the LGUs that received the 2016 SGLG award were the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon; the four cities of Legazpi, Ligao, Masbate and Sorsogon; and in the municipalities category – Tigaon, Camarines Sur; Virac, Catanduanes; and Mobo, Masbate.

Nationwide, the 2016 SGLG award produced 306 winners — 43 in the provinces level, 51 cities and 212 municipalities. The SGLG was launched by DILG in January 2014 to challenge LGUs to continue good governance practices while providing better services. It originated from the “Seal of Good Housekeeping” program that was introduced in 2010. (PNA) LAP/EPS/RSM