By Rutchie C. Aguhob
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, June 22 (PIA) — The mayor here lauded the workers of the city government for their efforts in achieving the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) award and its corresponding Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of P3 million.
“This award is in recognition of our compliance with the guidelines of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on the implementation of the open disclosure policy,” Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez said.
The mayor received the award from Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo during the “Tapatan” on Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change held June 21 in Cagayan de Oro City.
Together with Ozamiz, the other 11 local government units (LGUs) received an SGH award: El Salvador City in Misamis Oriental and the municipalities of Mambajao in Camiguin, Jimenez in Misamis Occidental, Kapatagan and Tubod in Lanao del Norte, Opol and Balingasag, also in Misamis Oriental and Don Carlos, Impasug-ong, Manolo Fortich, and Quezon in Bukidnon.
Along with the SGH award was the Fund of P3 million which Echavez said will be used for the improvement of the infrastructure projects, mostly roads, especially in the rural barangays.
“So that people in the remotest area of the city will have better access to these roads in bringing their agricultural products to the market and be able to improve their lives,” she said.
The DILG cited Ozamiz City for championing transparency and accountability in its government transactions based on the merits of a sound fiscal management as it actively mobilized its Bids and Awards Committee, a requirement under RA 9184, the New Government Procurement Act, mandating public bidding for government projects.
It also cited the LGU for its excellent performance in local governance and for valuing performance management and other general impressions gathered like peace and order situation or simply on the visibility of the chief executive in its area of responsibility.
In giving the award, Secretary Robredo cited the big role that LGUs play in reducing poverty, hunger, and other social maladies, which is why the administration is bolstering the cooperation and partnership between local and national government agencies.
He said the PCF is given to LGUs that are SGH champions, as reward for helping the government attain the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty and hunger and improving the opportunities for poor households to rise above their current conditions.
Atty. Rene Burdeos, Regional Director of DILG-10, said the PCF also aims to ensure that LGUs will perform their governance mandates with full transparency and without violating any national government auditing regulations, in the process ensuring that all funds go only to where they were intended. (PIA 10, Mis. Occ.)