Angeles City undergoes LGPMS validation

The city government of Angeles City underwent stern on-site assessment from the validating team of the Department of the Interior and Local Government – Region 3 (DILG-R3) as part of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS).

LGPMS is a self-assessment tool crafted by DILG which aims to measure the performance and state of development of a particular local government unit (LGU) through a set of criteria and indicators.

It aims to ensure that the goals and objectives of the LGUs (a province, a city, or a municipality) are met based on national and local laws and policies.

“The city government is devoted in attaining excellence when it comes to the delivery of public service to its constituents. As proof of our commitment, we have been consistently conferred with the DILG award from 2010 to present,” said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.

DILG-R3 Assistant Director Arceli San Jose said that the tool will “further evaluate and determine components that are lacking among LGUs in terms of local governance, and to realize what the LGU can do to address these concerns.”

The deputy director added that the LGPMS procedure is not an assessment alone but also a benchmarking method on the effectivity of each set criterion.

“We have a more expanded criteria this year compared to what was used previously. We have more indicators per criteria for 2017 to measure the capacity of our LGUs and to assure that the level of local governance in the country are elevated,” said San Jose.

The DILG has set four (4) core areas of assessment, namely: (1) Financial Administration, (2) Disaster Preparedness, (3) Social Protection, and (4) Peace and Order.

The agency has also set additional essential areas of evaluation which include: (1) Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, (2) Environmental Management, and (3) Tourism, Culture and Arts.

“Angeles City has a high potential. However, there are still processes and multi-level validation that the city government should undergo which may affect its overall assessment,” said San Jose.

“DILG is aiming for excellence and Angeles City is performing well. With the LGPMS, we are challenging all LGUs to collaboratively raise the bar of public service in the country to better cater on the needs of our constituents,” the deputy director added.

Meanwhile, Engineer David David, City Planning and Development Officer (CPDO) and head of the city’s secretariat for LGPMS, said that the city’s technical working group for LGPMS is confident to receive the SGLG anew.

“Since the beginning, we are setting our minds that this is not a contest among our fellow LGUs but rather, a competition within ourselves, on what we have attained, and what we wish to achieve in the future,” said Engineer David.

Aside from being an assessment tool, LGPMS is also DILG’s basis for the LGU’s eligibility in receiving the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award.

The city government has been consistently receiving the said award which is an expanded version of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH).​