The Municipality of Bauan celebrates after winning the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) – for the third time in a row! Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año together with other partner agencies conferred the award on 05 November 2019 at the Manila Hotel. No less than the man at the helm of Bauan, Hon. Ryanh M. Dolor received the prestigious recognition in a fitting ceremony with the theme, “Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal”.
They both declared that it is a progressive assessment system adopted by the DILG to give distinction to remarkable local government performance across several areas.
Our beloved town has all the reasons to be proud. Out of the 1,488 municipalities across the country that vied for the Seal, Bauan made it among only 306 towns (or merely 20%) that were recognized to possess the Tapat at Mahusay na Pamahalaang Lokal. But more than just brandishing the seal, the DILG is telling Bauangeños that they are among not too many Filipinos who are served by a local government that complies with the DILG’s polished and re-defined “All-in” criteria in terms of: performance across seven performance areas; consistency in growth for social governance; and systematic advances in service delivery. The means further that the people of Bauan is served by a government that satisfies seven parameters of good local governance. Specifically, it is a regime that (i) is financially stable and sound to fund local development projects; (ii) mitigates, prepares for, respond to, and recovers from disasters; (iii) provides for the basic needs of its constituents; (iv) ensures peaceful and orderly communities; (v) lends a climate conducive to business; (vi) cares for and protect the environment; and finally (vii) able to nurture tourism, culture, and the arts.
In 2017, when the Municipality of Bauan first earned the Seal, applicants vying for the SGLG have to pass only four core areas and at least an essential area (or 4 + 1). In 2018, SGLG pushed for a fundamental upgrade in DILG’s performance metrics. It introduced for the first time an integrated approach to assessment through the so-called “All-in” (seven out of seven criteria) measurement. Aside from compliance with laws and internal administrative mechanisms and measures, the bar was elevated to capture results-oriented conditions. The yardstick was changed to measure and highlight critical roles of Local Government Units (LGUs) in setting the course of overall local development.
Good governance has 8 major characteristics. It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable. Transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and follows the rule of law.
In light of the national government’s thrusts, organizational commitments, and emerging good governance frameworks, the Year 2019 ushered SGLG’s more challenging two-fold parameters designed firstly, to help LGUs meet expectations of the national government and, secondly, for LGU’s to contribute in realizing target outcomes of the national government relative to local governance. The National Economic Development Authority’s Philippine Development Plans (PDP) is an example. It is aimed at bringing about the current administration’s vision of inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society, and a globally-competitive knowledge economy by 2022.
In issuing Memorandum Circular 2019-44, the DILG updated the parameters by coming up with a “polished and redefined “All-in criteria” composed of specific improved requisites that were not included in 2018. This translates to LGUs working doubly hard to get the Seal. Apart from the requirements to pass the already named seven governance areas, they have to be compliant with certain specific refinements in some governance areas.
All these attributes of good governance were attained through the able leadership and management skills of the Executive Department headed by Hon. Ryanh M. Dolor. Supporting the Mayor in providing good governance are the members of the Legislative Department and Secretariat lead by Municipal Vice Mayor Julian C. Casapao. Heads of Offices, particularly the heads of the department that deal directly with the seven core areas contributed immensely to this achievement: Accounting, Treasurer, Budget, BPLO, MSWDO, MDRRMO, Engineering, MENRO, SB Secretariat, HRMO, RHU I and II, Bauan General Hospital, MIO/MTO, Municipal Administrator/Legal Office. And last but not least, the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator and staff being the SGLG Focal Point. Credits also go to Bauan Public Market, Bauan Police Force, DepEd, Association of Barangay Captains, Bauan Solid Waste Management, Inc., Non-Government Organizations, MLGOO and to the people of Bauan.
Aside from 2019 SGLG marker from the DILG and the prestige that comes along with this triumph, Bauan is entitled to the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) amounting to ₱2.3Million to finance municipal development projects and priority access to other programs and capacity development assistance from the DILG. This year’s PCF is intended for the concreting of local access road in Barangay San Pablo leading to tourism area.
Numerous awards received by Local Government Unit of Bauan served as affirmation of Bauan’s enduring aspiration to improve delivery of services and to support governance reforms.