Tarlac City – – There is reason to celebrate.
Thus, said of this city’s first Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award which was celebrated with 100 roasted pigs.
The city was bestowed the much coveted “Seal” last November 5 at the Manila Hotel, the first since the SGLG was launched by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in 2010.
The SGLG is based on the “annual performance evaluation of all LGUs on 3 core or basic aspects and 4 essential elements on local government management” foremost of which is the “good financial housekeeping”.
The SGLG award comes with a P10 million cash assistance and makes an LGU eligible to avail of special projects and programs funded by the national government. Meaning, LGUs without SGLG are not allowed to be recipients of some national projects.
In an earlier news, Mayor Cristy Angeles was quoted to have said, “The SGLG award is a proof that we are in the right track. Now we are able to provide more services to the people and more projects and programs without resorting to loans. The employees of the city are now much more responsive and professional. But we shall still strive to be more efficient, prudent and competent to better serve the city populace”.
The celebration of the SGLG was held right at the center of city, along F. Tanedo Street, where 100 lechons was served to an estimated crowd of 8,000.
Angeles and key city officials, together with officials from the city’s 76 barangays led the celebration.
“When I took over in 2016, the city financial condition is a big mess. The fiscal deficit is more than P103 Million, loans payable around P600 Million, tax collection is very low, assets of the city are not earning and many were ‘sold out’ thru irregular contracts. Many records are missing. Funds are released for other purpose without the approval from the SP (Sanggunian Panlungsod). Basic services to the people are not adequately provided, etc, etc. Thus, we worked very hard to correct the total mismanagement of the city”, also said Angeles, the first ever lady mayor of the city.
“We are very proud of the SGLG award. This is the fruit of decent, prudent and corruption-free management of the city today”, said Atty. Joselito Castro, head of the city legal office.
Music bands and comedians enlivened the street celebration which lasted for more than 5 hours.
The 100 pigs were donated by the Hog Raisers Association of Tarlac and were roasted around the city plazuela./Nelson Bolos