OFFICIALS of the cities of Caloocan and Navotas were jubilant as they shared the city governments’ accomplishments with their respective constituents following the latest recognition they received from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for excelling in local governance.

Mayors John Rey Tiangco (Navotas) and Oscar ‘Oca’ Malapitan (Caloocan) couldn’t hide their delight over the award – the Seal of Good Local Governance – which the DILG is constantly giving to LGUs that show exemplary performance in managing the city affairs.

Aside from the recognition, the two neighboring LGUs have also reportedly received checks which they can use to fund more pro-poor and pro-people projects.

We’ve found out that it’s not only the first time that the two mayors have received similar award from the national government particularly through the interior department.

“Whatever recognition and achievements my administration has obtained would not be possible had it not been for the unified support of all sectors in the city, particularly city officials, employees and barangay officials,” Mayor Tiangco told the Camanava Press Corps.

The Navotas mayor personally received the award during the recent celebration of its 111th founding anniversary from DILG-NCR (national capital region) Regional Director Ma. Lourdes Agustin and DILG-Navotas Director Sudi Valencia.

Similarly, the equally-delighted Mayor Malapitan, who was awarded by DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno recently, gave much of the credit to his co-workers at the City Hall for their support to his administration and dedication to their respective duties to serve the public with dispatch.

“Transparency in all financial transactions, no graft and corruption; 1.3 million people benefited in our social services; brand new rescue vehicles and equipment and continuous training for disaster preparedness; the most peaceful city in Metro Manila; all positive business growth indicators and 40,000+ successful job placements; and environment awards from national agencies for clean rivers and efficient waste management system, these are only some of the accomplishments we achieve and all of us do our share,” according to the former lawmaker-turned-Caloocan chief executive.

He then dedicated the latest recognition to the people of Caloocan, as a symbol of the untiring efforts of the public servants to perform effective services to the citizenry.

Secretary Sueno said the Seal of Good Local Governance symbolizes integrity and good performance of a local government.

SGLG doesn’t only scrutinize the internal procedures and programs of local government units, such as the best practices in financial administration, but also highlights the exemplary achievements in social services, disaster preparedness, peace and order, business, economic and employment programs and environmental sustainability. GOOD RIDDANCE/ARLIE CALALO

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