WHAT makes a metropolitan city elite? It should excel in transparency and accountability, disaster preparedness and social services accessibility by most needy constituents.
It should also be top in peace and order, business friendliness, environmental integrity and tourism and cultural heritage program implementation to separate itself from the rest.
And when one speaks about these outstanding characters of a locality, the City of Malabon can come to his mind. He can’t be mistaken because the city government of Malabon was accorded anew the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) for this year by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Mayor Antolin Oreta III received the SGLG marker along with North Luzon and National Capital Region (NCR) outstanding local chief executives during a simple but well-attended gathering of government leaders at the Manila Hotel yesterday.
The SGLG award is deemed the highest citation given to local government units (LGUs). Oreta was pleased that the city has consistently gained the recognition under his administration, elevating the stature of Malabon among elite metropolitan cities.
DILG Dir. Emmanuel Borromeo congratulated the city for “passing on all the set criteria for the award.” He is confident that the local leadership shall continue to do well even as the criteria for granting said award is raised notches higher in the coming years.
“This award entitles the city to the Performance Challenge Fund amounting to 5.1 million to be used in its development program,” Borromeo said.
The city was bestowed the seal for the second time, after being issued Good Financial Housekeeping Certification and a post-compliance SGLG award in two previous years.
Focused programs in education, health, housing, employment and livelihood, infrastructure, tourism and peace and order have been relentless and intensified in the city during these recent years.
Malabon also recently received Meralco Luminaries award for tourism innovation in 2017, most reduced crime acknowledgement by the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Metro Manila, most number of rehabilitated drug offenders and anti-drug education by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), numerous commendation by the National Nutrition Commission (NNC) for outstanding nutrition program implementation, among other citations this year.
Oreta cited the exemplary performance and participation of city employees, various civil society organizations, the constituents and other stakeholders, contributory to achieving the award.
Being included in the ranks attest that Malabon City can be among the best cities of the land, adhering to the national government’s vision of bringing about inclusive growth, high trust society, and globally competitive economy, Oreta expressed.
The current accomplishment also post a challenge to strive more in its continuing thrusts in progress, development and ease of doing business in the city, Oreta stressed.
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