PASAY CITY – The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) caps off its 35th founding anniversary through a recognition ceremony for the pinning of the National Capital Region (NCR) local treasurers and assistant treasurers who passed the Basic Competency on Local Treasury Examination (BCLTE) of the Standardized Examination and Assessment of Local Treasury Service (SEAL) Program and the awarding of the top-performing local government units (LGUs) in local revenue generation for FY 2021 last 26 October 2022 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.
Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Executive Director Ma. Pamela P. Quizon, commended the local treasurers, especially the twelve (12) SEAL I – Certified local treasurers and assistant treasurers from the NCR for continuously thriving in the local treasury and local public financial management despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The BLGF recognizes the efforts and initiatives of local treasurers to manage LGU fiscal affairs while embracing the post-pandemic realizations of the Covid-19 pandemic. We commend the top-performing LGUs for continuously evolving, innovating, and improving as you deliver the necessary services to your constituents and maintain the strong fiscal position we are enjoying today”, OIC Executive Director Quizon said.
The BLGF will continue to collaborate and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders and development partners in empowering LGUs to be self-sufficient in revenue generation efforts through improvements in the BLGF’s capacity building programs, policy interventions, and technical assistance, and enhancement of the digitalization tools and approaches.
In a keynote message, Secretary of Finance Benjamin E. Diokno recognized the critical roles of local treasurers in managing the local fiscal affairs towards sustainability and serving as the catalysts in rebuilding the Philippine economy.
“In order to mitigate the lingering effects of the pandemic at the local level, the DOF and the BLGF encouraged our local governments to implement digital innovation and transformation, especially in local treasury and assessment offices”, Secretary Diokno said.
Secretary Diokno also reasoned that the digitalization of LGUs’ processes and implementing online payments will help achieve the goal of digitalizing 50 percent of all retail payments and onboarding 70 percent of the adult population to the formal financial system by 2023 and ensure that taxpayer transactions are simpler, safer, and quicker.
Herein below is the table of awardees:
Basic Competency in Local Treasury Examination (BCLTE) SEAL I – Certified Treasurers