The Local Government Unit of Pagbilao underwent a strict assessment by the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) IV-A as part of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) 2017 award, May 22-23, 2017.
The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award recognizes the uprightness and efficiency of local government units. In order to notch the said award, the Pagbilao LGU needs to pass the ‘4+1’ assessment criteria set by the DILG.
In basic terms, it has to pass all of the four (4) main criteria: Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, and Peace and Order; and at least one (1) of the minor criteria: Business-friendliness and Competitiveness; Environmental Management; and Tourism, Culture and the Arts.
RAT Leader Sarah O. Rivera led the team that evaluated the Pagbilao LGU, with Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Representative Rhodora R. Cabuyao, and National Government Agency (NGA) Representative Christen Joy A. Lavadia-Ingles. They were assisted by Pagbilao Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) Benny A. Camacho.
During the two-day assessment, the Team visited different facilities and areas of the municipality, including offices providing front-line services, bulletin boards, sanitary landfill, waste segregation facility, the Rural Health Unit, the Public Market, the Municipal Covered Court, disaster equipment and vehicles, etc. The RAT also assessed the program/project plans and other vital documents of the LGU.
In the Exit Conference held May 23, the assessment team shared their observations.
In Financial Administration, they said that the LGU has ‘complied’ with the basic measures, however, bulletin boards containing financial documents for the public to see (as a compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy) has to be improved. Also, CSOs have to have active involvement in public proceedings.
LGUs who will get excellent mark in Financial Administration criteria will be awarded the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, an award that LGU Pagbilao has received during the past years.
In Disaster Preparedness, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) was able to present disaster analyses and budget as incorporated in the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of the LGU. However, an extensive plan is required, as well as the contingency plan and local climate change action plan. There should also be road signs guiding the way toward the evacuation areas. Active involvement of CSOs/NGOs is also needed in providing medical assistance during disasters.
In Social Protection, the DILG representatives commended the Pagbilao RHU’s having the TB DOTS Certification and the LGU’s being a recipient of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance in the past years. The only comments by the assessment team include the expansion of ramps and comfort rooms for PWD’s use, and the improvement of waste segregation system.
The RAT spoke well of the municipality’s Peace and Order scheme. It only has to acquire the certification from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) verifying that the municipality is drug-cleared.
Good thing, the LGU has a well-defined Citizen’s Charter, which is one of the primary requirements in Business-friendliness and Competitiveness criteria. The Citizen’s Charter shows the services offered by the LGU, complete with documentary requirements and steps. These are posted outside the municipal hall and outside each office.
The LGU has an impressive waste segregation facility located at Brgy. Ibabang Bagumbungan, and a highly-functional ecological park and sanitary landfill, which is a plus-point in the Environmental Management criteria. Nevertheless, waste segregation system needs improvement.
In the Tourism, Culture and the Arts criteria, the DILG representatives advised the LGU, particularly the Municipal Tourism Council, to have a tourism plan.
LGU’s Immediate Action
Immediately responding to the LGU’s shortcomings observed by the Regional Assessment Team, Pagbilao Mayor Shierre Ann Portes-Palicpic directed all involved departments and councils to promptly address these lapses.
Guided by the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991 (Republic Act 7160), the General Appropriations Act of 2017 and Administrative Order No. 267 of 1992, the SGLG award is highly-coveted by the country’s eighty-one (81) provinces, one-hundred forty-five (145) cities and one-thousand eighty-nine (1489) municipalities.
Pagbilao Municipal Hall
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Philippine National Police
Tel. No.: (042) 797-2854
Bureau of Fire Protection
Tel No.: (042) 797-0932
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