ILOILO - The leadership of Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has achieved another milestone this year after it bagged the coveted Seal of Good Local Governance in an awarding held at Casa Real on Wednesday.
The governor along with the chief executives of Passi City, Miagao, Banate, Concepcion and Lemery were conferred with the Seal that was conceptualized as performance management tool by late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo in 2012.
Formerly known as Seal of Good Housekeeping, the up-scaled Seal of Good Local Governance examined the local government’s adherence to Full Disclosure Policy and programs on disaster preparedness and social protection.
Other performance indicators looked at the innovations made by local government units to ensure peace and order, business readiness and competitiveness and environmental protection.
“It is not the reward that counts. What is more important is the service we delivered to earn the trust and confidence of our people and make sure that we attend to their wellbeing,” Defensor said.
The governor added that gaining the Seal deepened his commitment to render and institutionalize reforms for better Iloilo.
“Remember that we do not serve ourselves, we serve our countrymen. And we should serve them with integrity, transparency and accountability,” he stressed.
This coming presidential election, however, he warned that “if we made a mistake, this program will vanish in thin air along with people’s dream for change.”
“That is the reason why we should choose a successor that has the capacity to sustain the gains of this program,” he said without naming a candidate.
The other awardees of the Seal of Good Local Governance in Region 6 were the province of Aklan and the municipalities of Banga, Ibajay, Malay; Culasi and Tibiao in Antique; Dao and Panitan in Capiz; and Buenavista in Guimaras.
Winners were given the access to the Performance Challenge Fund amounting to P7-million for the province, P5-million for the cities and P3-million for the municipalities, as well as, in other performance-based programs like Salintubig and Bottoms-up Budgeting of DILG.