LEGAZPI CITY — Two Bicol towns were among the 15 municipalities across the country that were awarded on Monday (Oct. 18) the “good housekeeping seal” for their exemplary performance in governance, including promotion of transparency and accountability, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Bicol said.
Blandino Maceda, DILG regional director, said the towns of Sto Domingo in Albay and Mobo in Masbate were among the top awardees of the good housekeeping seal among other 4th-5th class municipalities in the country.
The awarding rites held at Malacanang Palace, highlighted the launching of New Initiatives with President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in celebration of the 20th year of Local Autonomy.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, who accompanied Sto Domingo Mayor Herbie Aguas in Malacanang, commended the political leadership of Aguas for being the recipient of the good housekeeping seal.
Salceda said “We congratulate the people of Sto. Domingo and its political leadership under Mayor Herbie Aguas.”
In his statement, Salceda said that in a recent comparative analysis on Human Development Index (HDI) of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) performance, Sto. Domingo also came out on top followed by Polangui, Albay among our 18 LGUs.
The two Bicol towns that won the award received P2 million each.
Maceda said Sto Domingo and Mobo towns were picked based on their performance in governance particularly in the areas of planning, fiscal management, transparency and accountability.
The awardees would also be qualified to avail of the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) where they can acquire necessary funds for the development of their respective municipalities.
The PCF is part of the DILG’s proposed P86.9 billion budget for 2011.