Carigara has been confirmed as one of the towns in Leyte with Good Local Governance.

Carigara won SGLG by DILG
Carigara, Leyte won the Seal of Good Local Governance by the Department of Interior and Local Government

Two years after the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda, and after Carigara, Leyte has survived its challenges, it won the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) or Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on September 14, 2015.

“We are happy to inform you that the municipal government of Carigara has met all the criteria of the Core Components of the Seal… We are also pleased to apprise you that the Municipal Government has met two of the three Essential Components of the Seal,” said DILG Secretary Mar Roxas on his letter to Carigara Mayor Eduardo C. Ong.

In this regard, Ong expressed his gratitude to the people of Carigara for their unending support for a better and consistent governance in their town.

“I’m greatly honored that our town is one of the pure recipients of the said award. I never thought that we would be receiving such an honor, let alone in my first two years as your local chief executive,” Ong said during the awarding ceremony held at their municipal ground.

mayor eduardo ong of carigara
Mayor Eduardo Ong of Carigara on his speech during the awarding of the SGLG at their municipal ground.

Carigara passed the three Core Components of the SGLG namely Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection, and Disaster Preparedness and two of three Essential Components such as Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness; and Peace and Order.

The municipality achieve all these after successfully passing particular requirements. For one, it complied with DILG’s Full Disclosure Policy particularly in the areas of budget, revenues and procurement. It also has no opposing findings from the Commission on Audit (COA) and has met the requirements of Anti-Red Tape Act.

Meanwhile, Leyte Vice Governor Carlo P. Loreto said that Carigara’s good governance and service to the people is worth emulating, and hopes that other towns would be inspired to follow its foot prints.

Loreto encouraged politicians to keep things in balance. He said that political campaigns and actions for the benefits of the public should go hand in hand.

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Vice Governor Carlo Loreto at Carigara Municipal Ground for the awarding of the Seal of Good Local Governance to Mayor Eduardo Ong and his constituents

“Political machineries are not only a means for winning elections. Political machineries can be a potent tool towards effecting reforms in government. It can be used to stir people into action, to mobilize them into achieving seemingly impossible goals. And I believe Carigara and Jaro (another recipient of the SGLG award) did just this,” Loreto exclaimed.

After winning the prestigious award, the town of Carigara will be receiving three-million peso fund from DILG  as a recognition. In fact, Regional Director Pedro Noval Jr. have already signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the allotment.

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