By Mortz C. Ortigoza
MANGALDAN – This burgeoning town applies to be a recipient again of tens of millions of pesos from the national government.
GOOD LOCAL GOVERNANCE. Department heads of the local government unit (LGU) of the town of Mangaldan, Pangasinan wait to be interviewed by the regional office’s team of the Department of Interior & Local Government for the LGU’s entry in the financial award of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) and Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) for year 2015. The town was a recipient of the same fete with three million pesos award last year for its qualification in the SGLG and GFH. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Roberto Tamondong, political consultant of Mayor Bona Fe D. Parayno, said the sum would come from the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG),Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH), and Bottoms-Up-Budgeting (BuB) from the Department of Interior and Local Government.
He cited the team from regional office of the DILG was here recently to document and evaluate if this town qualifies again for the SGLG in year 2015.
“If it qualifies it will also qualifies for the performance challenge fund in the amount of three million pesos just like last year in October”.
This town was a recipient of the 2014 SGLG where the award was received by Mayor Parayno last year.
Tamondong, a retired DILG chief, said the team will then recommend if this town qualifies for the fete at the DILG's national office in Manila.
“DILG will send someone incognito who will validate the findings. They will disguise themselves as client of the municipality by transacting business without announcement”.
To hurdle again the SGLG and GFH, this town’s department heads would submit documents and undergo interview with the DILG team to meet the core assessment areas on Disaster Preparedness and Social Protection and all the essential areas like Business-Friendliness and Competition, Peace and Order, and Environmental Management.
Tamondong said the Parayno Administration expects more projects from the DILG through BUB.
“The projects are listed because the government avoid the local officials to use the amount in building welcome arch. May pagpipilian sa check list,” he stressed.
The BUB approach is guided by three principles: convergence, participation, and empowerment. It aims to achieve community empowerment by encouraging citizens to take active roles in the community by articulating their needs to the government and determining what projects are responsive to their needs.