Congratulations to Samal:

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) XI awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping for local government for the year 2011 this last September at Davao del Norte Provincial Capitol. Island Garden City of Samal is the only city in the region to win the award in recognition of its highly transparent and accountable governance.

This is an important matter as not only does it show that Samal Island is supporting President Benigno Aquino’s initiative, but it also comes with a P3-million prize which can be used by the City as counterpart funds for programs and projects under the Millennium Development Goals.

The DILG awards seals of good housekeeping to local governments for internal housekeeping in four areas: good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing of performance monitoring.

In the level of cities, only IGaCoS in the entire Region XI received the award and being the recipient of the said award the city was able to satisfy the following criteria: (1) Good planning that includes Updated and approved Comprehensive Development Plan including land use plan, updated and approved annual investment plan, Executive and Legislative Agenda (2) Sound fiscal management that “no adverse” report from the Commission on Audit which means complied all the requirements of government’s auditing agency,(3) Values Transparency and Accountability that comprises of Functionality of Local Special Bodies, Transparency of the procurement process, Compliance to the Anti-Red Tape Law, Full disclosure of local budget and finances, and bids and public offerings through posting in conspicuous places within public buildings in the locality and in the website.

It’s really nice to see Samal get some positive recognition for something other than it’s resorts. Nothing wrong with them of course, they are great, but the island has many things going for it other than just those.

via PIA – Samal: only city awarded of good housekeeping.

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