TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – The Department of Interior and Local Government awarded the local government units in Negros Oriental, Bohol and Siquijor provinces with Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) during simple rites held at the Bohol Tropics Resort Club here Tuesday.


Interior Undersecretary Austere Panadero led the DILG in conferring the awards to nine towns of Bohol; four towns and two cities of Negros Oriental; and two towns of Siquijor. Each LGU received P3 million each for the award.

The provincial governments of Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor received P7 million each.

Representatives of Cebu, whose LGUs were also awardees, were not present during the event since it separately held its own awarding earlier.

The recipient-LGUs of Bohol were the towns of Alicia, Danao, Loboc, Loon, Maribojoc, Panglao, San Miguel, Sierra-Bullones and Talibon, personally represented by their mayors, namely Marnilou Ayuban, Natividad Redulla-Gonzaga, Peter Lloyed Lopez, Leoncio Evasco, Leonila Montero, Claudio Bonior, Simplisio Maestrado and Restituto Auxtero, respectively.

The town-awardees of Negros Oriental, led by Governor Roel Degamo, were Mabinay, San Jose, Sibulan, and Zamboanguita, and the cities of Bais and Dumaguete. Bais was represented by Mayor Mercedes Goni and Dumaguete by Vice Mayor Woodrow Maquiling.

The town-awardees of Siquijor province, led by Governor Zaldy Villa, were Maria and Siquijor with mayors Meynard Asok and Mei Ling Quezon, respectively.

Bohol was represented by Gov. Edgar Chatto, Vice-Gov. Concepcion Lim and some members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

SGLG is the brainchild of then DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, whose widow, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni, is the running mate of LP standard bearer Mar Roxas in the 2016 elections.

It tackles how a certain LGU hurdle and address financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order, environmental management and business-friendliness and competitiveness.*JFP