04 February 2014

DILG awards Olongapo with Silver Seal of Good Housekeeping

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded the city of Olongapo the Silver Grade Seal of Good Housekeeping for its exemplary standards of front line service, procurement and audit system.

No less than DILG Secretary Mar Roxas congratulated the city of Olongapo headed by Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino for the city’s effort in its full disclosure policy which encourages local government units to conform with transparency to minimize, prevent and completely rid out graft and corruption.

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino said that the Silver Seal of Good Housekeeping only proves that the city is serious with it transparency and good governance stance.

“It’s very hard to get that award, it takes time, requirements and scrutiny by DILG, NGO and other groups and that is why I am very happy that we (Olongapo) got it.” Paulino said.

DILG Olongapo OIC City Director Amada Dumagat said that along with the citation, the city will have access to grassroots participatory budget process that would provide a P15million budget cap to LGU’s for priority poverty reduction projects and special local road fund.

She added that the city scaled up from being a bronze awardee to silver and that the next step for the city of Olongapo would be the Seal of Good Local Governance, which is the highest grade any city, municipality or Provincial government would receive.

The Seal of Good Local Governance covers a wider range of LGU performance such as good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection for the basic sector, business friendly and competitiveness, environmental compliance and law and order and public safety.

The DILG devised the Seal of Good House Keeping program to “aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation, and performance.” (Olongapo City PAO)