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3 Batangas LGUs missed good financial housekeeping standards

By JOENALD MEDINA RAYOS

ONLY three local government units (LGUs) in Batangas province missed the parameters to be included in the Official List of 2017 Good Financial Housekeeping passers at the close of October 2018, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported over the weekend.

The official list posted in the DILG website that carry the summarized report of the Bureau of Local Government Supervision do not include the municipalities of Lian, San Luis and Tingloy as among the passers even in the list of those who have completed the requirements after the deadline set by the bureau.

Good Financial Housekeeping (formerly the Seal of Good Housekeeping) is a major component of the department’s six area assessments for an LGU before it can be awarded the SGLG or Seal of Good Local Governance.

To qualify for this component, an LGU must exhibit compliance with accounting and auditing standards, rules and regulations, i.e., with an Unqualified or Qualified COA Opinion of the immediately preceding year; as well as Compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy of Local Budget and Finances, Bids and Public Offerings, e.g., Annual Budget, Statement of Receipts and Expenditures, Annual Procurement Plan or Procurement List, and Bid Results On Civil Works; Goods and Services and Consulting Services, among others. Said parameters are enumerated in the Memorandum Order No. 2014-39 of the DILG.

Meanwhile, to be fully awarded as SGLG recipient, the “3 plus 1” principle applies. The local government concern must pass all three core assessment areas, namely: Good Financial Housekeeping, Disaster Preparedness, and Social Protection; and at least one essential assessment area, namely: Business-friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order, or Environmental Management, in order to be conferred of the award.|#BALIKAS_News