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The Municipality of Narra recently received information from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that it is the sole town in Palawan that passed all seven (7) areas of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) during the recent national calibration held last month.
The seven areas include: Financial Administration; Disaster Preparedness; Social Protection; Peace and Order; Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Environmental Protection; and Tourism Culture and the Arts.
Last year, DILG has put up a tougher compliance-must requirements for the local government units (LGU’s) to determine their capability in bagging the well-known governance seal.
DILG mandated that aside from passing all the core areas, LGU’s must also pass the added “essential areas” which are business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and tourism culture and the arts which LGU’s must comply in order to be a nominee.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, in a press release, said that the SGLG 2019 has been upscaled, with even more “all-in,” refined version and requirements, making the screening and calibration more tighter and specific.
“The ‘All-in’ criteria in itself was very challenging for our local government units (LGUs) yet we still want to push them for greater innovation, hence, we polished and redefined this year’s SGLG requirements,” Año stated.
“Kumbaga ‘All-in redefined’, mas humirap pero mas masasala natin ang mga mahuhusay na LGU na talagang nagtatrabaho,” Ano further said.
The Narra Mayor’s Office, in a recent statement released on Facebook, assured that all seven aspects, especially good governance and financial administration, will be sustained for the betterment of the town.
“Better governance and fiscal management is assured. Pera ng tao, para sa tao. Singilin ang dapat singilin. Bawal ang magnanakaw. Iangat ang Narra,” the statement read.
Last year, Narra was the only town in Palawan that received the prestigious award. If the town bags another SGLG award this year, it would be the fourth award in a row.