Manila – The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) participated in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Awards 2022 at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel on 14 and 15 December 2022.

In his opening message, DILG Secretary Benjamin C. Abalos, Jr., congratulated the 350 local government units (LGUs) for exemplary performance despite the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Secretary Abalos, Jr., the 350 LGUs are composed of 18 provinces, 60 cities, and 272 municipalities that passed the stringent SGLG parameters.

The said event also recognized the members of the Council of Good Local Governance (CGLG). BLGF Local Fiscal Policy Service (LFPS) OIC Director Brenda L. Miranda, on behalf of the Department of Finance (DOF), received the plaque of recognition for the invaluable role and unparalleled commitment of the DOF in the successful implementation of the SGLG program.

For FY2022, the SGLG parameters were upgraded to ten (10) assessment areas covering the governance areas on (i) financial administration and sustainability; (ii) disaster preparedness; (iii) social protection and sensitivity; (iv) health compliance and responsiveness; (v) sustainable education; (vi) business-friendliness and competitiveness; (vii) safety, peace, and order; (viii) tourism, heritage development, culture, and the arts; (ix) environmental management; and (x) youth development.

The SGLG awards were halted for two (2) consecutive years since the imposition of lockdown in 2019 due to the pandemic. The BLGF released the 2022 indicators on reportorial compliance and submission of statement of receipts and expenditures (SRE) reports and the Quarterly Report on Real Property Assessment (QRRPA) in the LGU Integrated Financial Tools (LIFT) system, average growth rate on locally sourced revenue (LSR), and utilization of 20% Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for Local Development Fund (LDP).