BORONGAN CITY, June 4, 2017–Eastern Samar is one of six provinces in Region 8 that passed the criteria set by the Department of Interior and Local Governments for the 2016 Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH), one of the components needed for an LGU to be awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance or SGLG.
Aside from the provincial government, 19 municipalities and one city made it to the list.
An LGU must comply with government accounting and auditing standards and the full disclosure policy for budget and finances to be given the GFH recognition.
The official list released by the DILG included the city of Borongan and the towns of Balangiga, Balangkayan, Can-avid, Dolores, Gen MacArthur, Giporlos, Guiuan, Jipapad, Llorente, Maslog, Maydolong, Oras, Mercedes, Quinapondan, Salcedo, San Julian, San Policarpo, Sulat and Taft.
A local government unit that passes the Good Financial Housekeeping criteria can ask for loans and projects from National Program Windows such as the Special Local Road Fund (SLRF), Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB), Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) and Sagana sa Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG).
Since 2011, the Eastern Samar provincial government has been a consistent national awardee of the SGLG, and for 2016, it was again given the same award together with the towns of Gen Macarthur and Salcedo. (Eden Cidro/Este News)