CATARMAN, Northern Samar – In the pursuit of improving and sustaining reforms in local administration and service delivery, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) elevated the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) performance metrics.

DILG Cluster Head Fortunato Lagarde said the SGLG program seeks to institutionalize the continuity of local governance reforms and development and is also a progressive assessment system that gives local government units (LGUs) distinction for their remarkable performance across several areas.

“The SGLG’s performance metrics, by espousing an integrated perspective through the all-in assessment principle, were elevated to capture results-oriented conditions and to highlight critical roles of LGUs in setting the course of overall local development,” Lagarde said during the “Huruhimangraw sa Panginudto”radio program of PIA held on April 28.

He said LGUs must pass all seven governance areas such as financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental protection, and tourism, culture and arts.

Lagarde narrated that most LGUs during their assessment in the previous years have low performance rating on disaster preparedness because under this criteria, an LGU should be a Kalasag 1st Place National Awardee for Best Municipal Disaster Management Council; has established structures and manpower complement;  approved Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan, disaster plan, and climate change plan; and funds utilization rate should be 50 percent of the 70 percent component of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management fund, among others.

“Some also failed on social protection aspect as the municipal social welfare and development officer holds no plantilla position and compliance rate in their Gender and Development Plan program and activities is weak,” he said.

SGLG assessment is now on going for all the 24 municipalities of the province. (NBQ/TBC/PIA Northern Samar)