NEWS by Jing Villamil
For the second time around, the leaders and municipal employees of this town are awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) for the transparency and accountability of their operations, and for excellence in good governance based on records. The screening was undertaken by the regional offices of the national government agencies led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) under Secretary Mar Roxas. And to make the award even sweeter, Pozorrubio is upgraded to Silver Grade Awardee of the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping!
Information regarding Pozorrubio’s reception of this award was just relayed by DILG Austere Panadero last November 22, 2013 for the facilitation of the issuance of SGH certification for loan applications to programs such as the Bottom-UP Budgeting Program, otherwise known as the Grassroots Participatory Budget Process.
The first time Pozorrubio was stamped the Seal of Good Housekeeping, it was as a Bronze Grade Awardee in 2011, when DILG was still under the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo . That news was reported in the national and local newspapers, and was posted in Pozorrubio Online and the official Facebook account of Pozorrubio and was printed in the 2013 Fiesta Souvenir Program. But, actually, the two SGH awards are not the only times Pozorrubio received awards of the like.
Before the Seal of Good Housekeeping was conceptualized and personally and officially endorsed by the late Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Pozorrubio was twice proclaimed Provincial Champion in the Search for the Best Performing LGU based on Local Government Performance Management System (LGPMS), for calendar years 2008 and 2009. When the town received the 2008 award, it was still a 2nd class town.
In 2010, Pozorrubio-LGU was recognized for its “transparency and accountability” when the SGH was still in its initial trial implementation. Assessment then was based on good performance on internal housekeeping with focus on the areas of good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing of performance information. The award came with a Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) worth one (1) million pesos. This fund was later on utilized for the construction of farm-to-market roads in the barangays of Amagbagan, Dilan, Talogtog and Poblacion District 1.
Mid-July of 2011, the Seal of Good Housekeeping 2011 was awarded to Mayor Artemio Q. Chan by the late DILG Secretary Robredo and Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino, Jr. San Fernando, La Union. The first official SGH award came with one (1) million pesos worth of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF). The money was used to construct farm-to market roads in the barangays of Inoman and Sugcong.
Winners of the 2013 Seal of Good Housekeeping are still to be finalized. According to Undersecretary Panadero, starting the year 2014, SGH will distinguish LGUs with exemplary performance on six areas: Good Financial Housekeeping, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection for the Basic Sector, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Compliance and Law and Order.