Mayor Valdez accepts San Nicolas’ ‘seal’ in 2018 SGLG rites, dedicates awards to San Nicoleños

MANILA – Municipal Mayor Alfredo P. Valdez, Jr. on Tuesday, November 6, received the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award of the Municipality of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte during the 2018 SGLG Awards ceremony held at the Manila Hotel, Tent City.

The SGLG is the third national award of the municipality this year after bagging Galing Pook Award and Philippine Heritage Award (Heritage Education and Interpretation Category) earlier in October.

“We dedicate all of these accolades and recognitions ken ti amin nga pannakapaimbag ken pannakapapintas iti ili tayo kadaguiti amin a San Nicoleños most specially to the youth and the next generations for they shall one day inherit our meaningful places,” Mayor Valdez said in a statement.

In Ilocos Norte, there are four (4) other local government units LGUs that received the same ‘seal’ namely: Bacarra, Currimao, Paoay and Piddig.

According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), awardees will be given the 2018 SGLG marker, the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) amounting to P3.2 million which can be used to finance development programs of the municipality; and access to other programs and assistance from the department.

This year, awardees were chosen based on LGUs’ compliance across stricter and more rigid criteria on seven (7) areas as follows: financial administration; disaster preparedness; social protection; peace and order; business friendliness; environmental protection; and tourism, culture, and arts.

The SGLG is a progressive assessment system adopted by DILG to give distinction to remarkable local government performance. It was given by newly-appointed DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año. – Rod Jerick R. Ribao