THE House of Representatives has ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed “Seal of Good Local Government (SGLG) Act of 2019” which seeks to establish and institutionalize the seal of good local governance for local government units (LGUs).
Under House Bill (HB) No. 8719 and Senate Bill (SB) No. 1843, the State shall recognize the good performance of LGUs in their duties to the people.
With such recognition, the State hopes to encourage all LGUs to take on greater challenges, encourage outcome-based performance and reward them for their effort in pursuing the general welfare of their constituency and in enforcing the laws.
The measure defines the Seal of Good Local Government (SGLG) as an award, incentive, honor, and recognition-based program for all LGUs.
Giving of the award is part of the continuing commitment for LGUs to continually progress.
The LGUs shall also be expected to improve their performance in the following areas through a) good financial administration or sustainability, b) disaster preparedness, c) social protection and sensitivity program, d) health compliance and responsiveness, e) programs for sustainable education, f) business friendliness and competitiveness, g) safety, peace, and order, h) environmental management, i) tourism, heritage development, culture, and arts, and j) youth development.
The criteria for the granting of the SGLG to LGUs shall also be based on the aforementioned areas.
To carry out the provisions of the Act, the Council of Good Local Governance comprised of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Finance (DoF)), Department of Health (DoH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Tourism (DoT), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Office of Civil Defense, and a representative from each of basic sectors to be nominated by the National Anti-Poverty Commission, shall be established.
The bill stipulates that the DILG Secretary shall be the Chairperson of the Council. As such, the DILG shall be the implementing agency of the Act.
The Council shall undertake the following functions: 1) develop and promulgate the performance indicators; 2) evaluate the impact of this Act on the performance of LGUs; 3) create technical working groups to assist the Council members; and 4) submit copies of the performance indicators and results of the impact assessments annually to the President of the Philippines, the Senate President, and the House Speaker, among others.