69 barangays in Cordillera among 2023 SGLGB national passers

DILG-CAR Regional Director Araceli San Jose commends the 69 barangays in the Cordillera Administrative Region that are declared as national passers of the 2023 Seal of Good Local Governance for Barangay.

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) — The Department of the  Interior and Local Government congratulated the 69 barangays in the Cordillera Administrative Region  that are among the national passers of the 2023 Seal of Good Local Governance for Barangay (SGLGB).

The National Barangay Operations Office of the DILG announced that only 1,028 barangays or 2.59 percent  of the 39,623 barangays assessed nationwide were hailed as national passers in the first SGLGB.

Out of the 1,176 barangays in the region, the DILG-CAR endorsed 99 potential passers to the National Assessment Team, of which 69 were conferred.

The City of Baguio posted the highest number of passers in the region with 35 barangays,  followed by the province of Apayao with 15;  Abra with 12; Benguet with three; Ifugao with two;  and the provinces of Kalinga and Mountain Province with one barangay each.

DILG-CAR Regional Director Araceli San Jose commended the 69 barangays  for upholding the tenets of good local governance at the barangay level.

“The SGLGB is a reflection of our barangay’s commitment to delivering quality services to our kababayans. We recognize their pivotal role in implementing the various programs of the national government at the local level and this emphasizes further the need for us to ensure their optimal performance,” San Jose said in a statement.

She said  the results of the 2023 SGLGB should help the DILG magnify the performance gaps in the 1,176 barangays in the Cordilleras,  citing their potential capacity development needs. She added that the DILG-CAR is bent on studying the overall results of the 2023 assessment to identify key barangay governance areas and performance indicators that need improvement.

“We have directed our personnel in the regional office and field operating units to analyze the SGLGB data so that we can use these insights to develop responsive capacity development interventions for our barangays,” San Jose said.

The SGLGB is a performance assessment and recognition system initiated by the DILG that aims to distinguish the remarkable performance of the barangays under a given set of governance areas. This program is borne from the SGLG for Provinces, Cities, and Municipalities which is regarded as the most prestigious recognition conferred by the DILG to LGUs in the country.

The SGLGB assessment criteria applies the “3+1 Principle” where a barangay must pass all three core governance areas, namely;  Financial Administration and Sustainability, Disaster Preparedness,  and Safety, Peace, and Order,  and at least one essential governance area  like  Social Protection and Sensitivity; Business-friendliness and Competitiveness,  and Environmental Management to ultimately clinch the seal.

The DILG will present the passers with a certificate of recognition. Provincial, city, and municipal governments are also encouraged to give rewards or incentives to their respective barangay passers. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR)

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