Manila Gets Good Financial Housekeeping Award for the First Time

It's the first in 10 years that the city got recognized.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

The city of Manila was recognized for its good financial housekeeping and transparency for the first time in 10 years, Mayor Isko Moreno said Tuesday.

The Department of Interior and Local Government began giving the Good Financial Housekeeping Award a decade ago to reward local government units that showed commendable performance in that area.

“Unang beses nating makuha ito sa buong kasaysayan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Maynila. (This is the first time we’re getting this in the entire history of Manila.) Last time, I already said that I will not tolerate a dismal performance from the City Government under my watch. We will always aim to do better for the Manileños,” Moreno said.

The Good Financial Housekeeping Award is one of the requirements to get the Seal of Good Local Governance, which is also granted by the DILG.

“Of course, we won’t stop here. We’ll continue to ensure that our local government funds will be used to provide more services to our constituents. Dapat lang na mapunta ito sa pagpapaunlad ng healthcare facilities, pagpapataas ng kalidad ng nutrisyon ng mga Batang Maynila at sa pagtatatag ng iba pang mga pasilidad para sa pakinabang ng lahat (The funds must go to improving healthcare facilities, enriching the nutrition of Manila kids, and creating more facilities that will benefit everyone.),” he added.

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The DILG defines SGLG as “an award, incentive, honor and recognition-based program for all LGUs, and is a continuing commitment for LGUs to continually progress and improve their performance.” 

Local government units must pass evaluations on Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Peace and Order, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness and its Tourism, and Culture and Arts before being given the SGLG. 

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