February 29, 2024

Angono bags 5th SGLG Plum

By Crema Limpin

THE lakeshore town regarded as the Art Capital of the Philippines took another milestone after taking home its 5th Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) a plum bestowed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) bestowed to the best local government units across the country.

During the ceremonial awarding rites held at the Manila Hotel, Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos himself handed over the citation to Angono Mayor Jeri Mae Calderon and Councilor Arvin Villamayor in recognition of the town’s distinction to remarkable local government performance across several areas – integrity and good local governance.

Abalos likewise took note of Angono’s efforts to institutionalize local governance reforms in the continuing pursuit for meaningful local autonomy and development. 

Under the SGLG mechanism, LGUs are assessed based on stringent parameters on the aspect of financial administration and sustainability; disaster preparedness; social protection and sensitivity; health compliance and responsiveness; sustainable education; business-friendliness and competitiveness; safety, peace and order; environmental management; tourism, heritage development, culture and arts; and youth development.

For winning five SGLG awards in a row, Angono also received P5 million as Incentive Fund to finance the local development initiatives in support of national goals and strategic thrusts.

In a statement, Calderon said that the 5th SGLG award would not be possible if not for the collective effort of the local government officials, personnel, volunteers, barangay units, the local police and the private sector.

“Winning once back in 2015 is an honor. But taking home SGLG plum in the succeeding years (except during the pandemic) only goes to show how our local government managed to sustain our thrust. And we intend to keep it that way,” the mayor said.