Balanga vies for Seal of Good Local Governance

BALANGA CITY — Delegates from Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has evaluated the Balanga City government which is seeking to win another Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award.

This is the top citation for exemplary administration in local governments.

City Planning and Development Office chief Elsa Ilagan assisted the evaluators throughout the validation process that, if succeeded, will pave way for Balanga to get an incentive fund called the Performance Challenge Fund which can be used for implementation of local projects.

Various sites were inspected on the June 8 visit including schools, materials recovery facilities, and barangay disaster warning systems.

Daily operations of the City Public Safety Office and the City Hall annex were also assessed.

City department heads and focal persons presented their programs, specifically under the areas of finance, disaster preparedness, education, social welfare, health, peace and order, business, environment, culture and the arts, and barangay affairs.

Although the inspection was the first be conducted under his term, Mayor Francis Anthony Garcia expressed optimism that the city will get high marks from DILG.

To become an SGLG recipient, a LGU needs to pass the four core areas: Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, and Peace and Order as well as at least one essential area: Business-friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Protection, or Tourism, Culture, and Arts.

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