The Department of Interior Local and Local Government, through its Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) Program, is committed to aggressively push the valuing of the fundamentals of good governance essential in local public administration and development.
The Provincial Government of Biliran was awarded the SGH Bronze Category in 2011. For this category, the assessment focused on two major requirements namely, the Accountable Governance and Transparent Governance. Under accountable governance the opinion of COA on financial transactions of the immediately preceding year was given weight, while transparent governance dealt with the implementation of the Full Disclosure Policy of Local Budget and Finances, Bids and Public Offerings that included the following reports and documents: (a) Annual Budget, (b) Annual procurement Plan/Procurement List, (c) SEF Income and Expenditures, (d) Statement of Debt Service, (e) GAD Accomplishment Report, (f) Statement of Receipts and Expenditures, (g) Quarterly Statement of Cash Flows, (h) Quarterly Items to Bid, (i) Quarterly SEF utilization, (j) Quarterly Trust Fund Utilization, (k) Quarterly Bid Results On Civil Works and Goods and Services, (l) Quarterly Current Abstract of Bids as Calculated, (m) Quarterly 20% IRA Utilization, (n) Supplemental Procurement Plan.
In 2012, the Provincial Government of Biliran was also awarded the SGH Silver Category, which is basically a scaled-up version of the 2011 assessment by adding up a third requirement – the Frontline Service Performance, which requires an Excellent or Good Performance Rating in the Anti-Red Tape Act Report Card Survey (ARTA-RCS). Also included in this requirement is the implementation of the Citizen’s Charter, the establishment of the Public Assistance and Complaint’s Desk, and the observance of the No Lunch Break Policy.
In 2014, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) stepped up the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) into the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by incorporating the existing State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) and the SGH, particularly the following indicators: (a) disaster preparedness, (b) social protection, (c) business friendliness and competitiveness, (d) peace and order, and (e) environmental management.
The SGLG becomes the new tool in assessing local government units to qualify for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), where LGUs must attain a passing score in major assessment areas of the SGLG to become an SGLG recipient and access the PCF.
Letter from SILG Mar Roxas congratulating Biliran Province