THE Marikina City government got a total of P2.3 million in incentive fund as an awardee of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), according to a statement farmed out by the city government's Public Information Office.
“Kailangan maintindihan natin na mahalaga ang may pamantayan. Mahalaga na mayroong tayong standard na sinusunod. Setting the standard for transparency and integrity and more importantly efficiently and effectively deliver the services of the government, thank you very much,” Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said moments after personally receiving the incentive check from DILG-National Capital Region director Maria Lourdes Agustin in a ceremony at the Marikina City Hall last week.
Agustin, meanwhile, said the SGLG is a recognition that symbolizes the commitment and dedication of local government units to adhere to the highest standards of governance.
She added that the incentive is not just a monetary reward but an investment for the future.
“As we celebrate this achievement, let us not forget the responsibilities that come with it. The Seal of Good Local Governance is a constant reminder that the expectations are high, and the bar has been set. Let us use this recognition and the accompanying incentive fund as motivation to strive for even greater heights in the service of our people,” she said.
The SGLG, enacted through Republic Act 11292, is an institutionalized award, incentive, honor, and recognition-based program that encourages local governments to commit to continual advancement and improvement in several governance areas.
To receive the SGLG award, LGUs must meet assessment criteria in a variety of governance areas, including financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection and sensitivity, health compliance and responsiveness, sustainable education, business-friendliness and competitiveness, safety, peace, and order, environmental management, tourism, heritage development, culture and the arts, and youth development.
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