The Province of Iloilo is now officially a grand slam winner of the Seal Good Local Governance from the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Acting DILG chief Catalino Cuy, in a letter to Gov. Arthur Defensor dated October 30, said that the Province of Iloilo has "met the upgraded criteria for 2017" of the Seal Good Local Governance (SGLG).
This is the third SGLG of the Province of Iloilo, having won its first in 2015 and its second in 2016.
The 2017 criteria includes the four core areas of Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, and Peace and Order. "Additionally, the Provincial Government passed the parameters for all of the following essential areas: Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management, and Tourism, Culture and the Arts," Cuy wrote.
Cuy disclosed that winning the SGLG entitles the Province of Iloilo to access to the Performance Challenge Fund, issuance of Good Financial Housekeeping Certification to facilitate bank loan approval, and several other program windows. He also asked Defensor to receive the recognition during the 2017 SGLG National Awarding on November 27 at the Tent City in the Manila Hotel. "These honors recognized our journey towards good local governance by upholding the standards of transparency, integrity and service delivery," Defensor said during his State of the Province of Address (SOPA) on October 24.
It was in that occasion where Defensor first disclosed, citing initial information from the DILG, that the Province of Iloilo won the SGLG for the third time. "I don't want to brag but earning the seal for three consecutive years gives us bragging rights — bragging rights that we have excelled," he said.