Vigan City, 10 Ilocos Sur municipalities conferred with Seal of Good Local Governance

SAN FERNANDO CITY – For the second time, Region 1 bested all other regions nationwide by bagging the most number of Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awards this year.

The awardees were feted in a ceremony held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila on October 27.

DILG- 1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag said 45 out of 129 LGUs in the region are SGLG awardees, higher than the 40 awardees last year.

This is a manifestation of the commitment of the cooperation of every LGU in region that they really mean business when complying to the different laws, rules, and regulations in terms of excellent local governance,” Daquioag said.

Daquioag stressed that it is very difficult for the LGUs to become an SGLG awardee because they have to undergo an intricate screening and evaluation process along three core areas and three essential areas.

The three core areas are financial administration, social protection, and disaster preparedness while the three essential areas are environmental management, business- friendliness and competitiveness, and peace and order.

For this year, all the provincial governments in Region 1, five cities and 36 municipalities bagged the SGLG award.

In the City Category, the award was conferred to Batac, and Laoag (Ilocos Norte) Dagupan, and Urdaneta (Pangasinan), and Vigan (Ilocos Sur),

The awardees in the Municipal Level: Ilocos Norte – Banna, Marcos, Nueva Era, Paoay, San Nicolas and Vintar; Ilocos Sur – Caoayan, Cervantes, Nagbukel, Narvacan, Quirino, Salcedo, San Vicente, Santa, Sto. Domingo and Tagudin; La Union – Agoo, Rosario, San Gabriel and Tubao: Pangasinan – Agno, Alcala, Balungao, Bayambang, Bolinao, Dasal, Infanta, Laoac, Lingayen, Rosales, San Nicolas, San Quintin, Santa Maria, Tayug, and Villasis in .

All the awardees received an SGLG marker, a certificate of recognition, and lei. They were also granted with Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) amounting to P4 million for provinces, P3.4 million for cities, and P3 million for municipalities. (With report by Joanne Namnama P. Dilim, PIA 1, La Union)