Villasis receives ‘2016 Seal of Good Local Governance’
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- This first class agricultural town in the 5th District of Pangasinan has added another feather on its already colorful cap when it was awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) the 2016 “Seal of Good Local Governance” award.
The award was received by Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica in a fitting ceremony at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City last October 27 from Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael D. Sueño.
When interviewed by Northern Watch, Abrenica said that the award is a reflection of how well the municipal government has managed the affairs of the town and shares it with the townspeople of who keep on believing on his administration.
” The award is not for me. It is for the town of Villasis, its people and the municipal department heads and employees who worked hard to run the affairs of the town efficiently and effectively. It also shows how the Sangguniang Bayan members through Vice Mayor Franco Sison and his predecessor former Vice Mayor Paz Rafanan contributed to the development of the town. This is for all our hard work, which was inspiring to do more,” Abrenica said.
Villasis is one of the four local government units (LGUs) in the 5th District to receive the award- 17 LGUs the province (out of 47) and 212 LGUs nationwide.
To be included in the Seal of Good Local Governance, provinces, cities and towns have to undergo evaluation on the three core components of local governance- good financial housekeeping, social protection and disaster preparedness.
The LGUs must also meet the requirements of the three essential areas on business friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order and environmental management.
Among the innovative programs and activities initiated by the municipal government, which were part of the evaluation process were: the one-stop shop for business permit was established for the whole month of January, the Comprehensive Development Plan, the Local Development Investment Plan and the Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Plan under the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer.
Other activities include the passage by the Sangguniang Bayan of the Local Investment Code, the No-plastics Ordinance and approved the various plans submitted to them for adoption. The Health office fast-tracked the accreditation of their various services with the Department of Health and other accrediting agencies, the Public Financial Management Action Team effectively implement the Public Financial Management Improvement Plan, an item for the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer was created, a Memorandum of Agreement with the City Government of Urdaneta was signed for the disposal of the town’s residual waste and the closure plan for the controlled dumpsite was formulated and submitted to the concerned agencies.
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