By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia is set to receive for the city government the 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), at rites at The Manila Hotel on Nov. 5.
Bacolod is one of the 57 out of 145 cities in the country that will receive the SGLG award for 2019.
In a press statement, Leonardia said “The SGLG is the barometer of a local government unit’s (LGU) performance. For us, this is a validation of all the other awards we earned.”
Bacolod is one of the only five cities in Western Visayas to get the award. The others are Passi in Iloilo and San Carlos, Silay, and Victorias in Negros Occidental.
17 provinces, 57 cities, and 306 municipalities out of 1,706 LGUs will be conferred the SGLG award, according to the DILG.
The SGLG criteria include seven governance core areas: Financial Administration; Disaster Preparedness; Social Protection; Peace and Order; Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Environmental Protection; and Tourism Culture and the Arts.
Last month, Bacolod was recognized the Top Philippine Model City 2019 by The Manila Times, the oldest newspaper in the country. Aside from this major award, Bacolod received two special awards: Business-Friendly / High Returns, and Retirement Haven.
Last week, Bacolod received a Special Citation in the 2019 Most Business-Friendly LGU Awards under City Level 1B category for cities outside Metro Manila.
In 2018, the PCCI had awarded Bacolod a Special Citation in the Most Business-Friendly LGU Awards under the City Level 1 category.
In 2017, Bacolod was one of the Top 3 finalists in the same contest. It was the HUC outside of Metro Manila included in the Top 3.
In 2018, Bacolod was No. 1 in the Visayas and No. 8 in the country in the Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines, and No. 3 Most Improved Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines, at the 6th Competitiveness Summit and Awards of the National Competitiveness Council.