DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has conferred Dagupan City its third Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) during the awarding ceremony held at the Manila Hotel, Tent City on November 27.

DILG City Director Rhoderick M. Dawis disclosed that Dagupan passed all assessment areas like the four indicators in the field of financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order; and the three essential indicators in business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management and tourism, culture and the arts to earn the test of good governance.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, along with   Dawis and City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman, received the award from DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy and Secretary Francis N. Tolentino of the Office of the Political Adviser, who was the guest of honor and speaker.

Fernandez expressed her gratitude to the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod who have been very supportive to the city’s programs and projects, the different department heads and division heads, city hall employees, national government agencies in the city, and non-government organizations who made the award possible.

“Ako po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng taong nasa likod ng tagumpay nating ito. Inspirasyon ko ang ating award. Lahat ng oras, sipag at hirap para makamit natin ulit ang tagumpay. Lalo ko pong paghuhusayan ang aking pamamahala sa ating mahal na lungsod ng Dagupan. Ito ay nagpapatunay na ang pagbabago at unliserbisyo ay daan patungo sa asenso,” said Fernandez.

Dawis said that with the SGLG award, the city has the advantage of getting accessibility on the programs and projects provided by the national government and enhance its capability to secure loans and incentives from government financing institutions.

“This is on top of the Performance Challenge Fund, which the city will receive as an incentive for having received the award,” said Dawis.

A report said the city is set to receive P2.4 million as an incentive being an SGLG awardee.

Fernandez is also glad that this year’s theme “Gobyernong may Malasakit Tungo sa Pagbabago at Patuloy na Pag-unlad” is synonymous to her “Pag-asa’t Pagbagbago” which, she said, is now doing great for the city.

With the development of the three growth centers described in the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance, Fernandez believes that the city is gearing towards this direction, which will bring progress and employment to the city. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Nov. 28, 2017)