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Leyte, Leyte – Hard work is always rewarded with sweet success. The Municipality of Leyte has been officially conferred the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) considered as the most prestigious award in the field of local governance, together with twenty-two (22) other municipalities throughout Region 8. The results were posted on the DILG Official website yesterday, November 8, 2017, confirming that in the third district of Leyte, three municipalities made it, namely, San Isidro, Tabango and Leyte.

The Seal of Good Local Governance is a tool to measure an LGU’s capacity and competency intended to further boost the delivery of basic local services and inspire LGUs to strive for innovations in the arena of local governance. This year, the DILG has scaled up the assessment by including Peace and Order as one of the core areas particularly the drug-clearing operations of which Barangays Baco and Danus have been declared drug-free by the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 8. Likewise, the advocacy and strengthening of the Masa Masid Program launched by the DILG has been one of the major indicators particularly the organization of Masa Masid Teams in the barangay to step up the reporting system in the fight against illegal drugs, corruption and violent extremism. The LGU underwent stringent assessment and evaluations in the provincial, regional and the national levels from June to August 2017, consistently passing each stage.

According to DILG Regional Director Marivel Sacendoncillo, the SGLG is considered as the “mother” of all awards as it represents a holistic and encompassing measurement procedure to determine an LGU’s overall local governance fitness.

On Leyte’s end, the LGU through Mayor Arnold James M. Ysidoro is extremely elated hearing such achievement and vowed to work even harder to scale the LGU to greater heights. He also recognized the efforts and hard work poured in by the Sanguniang Bayan members through Vice Mayor Lileth Gatchalian, the departments’ heads, the LGU personnel, the Punong Barangays and everyone who contributed valuable inputs that made Leyte achieve the award. Mayor Ysidoro further said that under his leadership, the LGU will work harder not only to win the seal in future years but because the Leyten-ons deserve high-caliber public service which he has vowed to deliver when he assumed as Local Chief Executive of the municipality in 2016.

Awarding rites are set on November 27, 2017 in Manila.

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