May 16, 2024

Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos on Wednesday lauded the 1,028 outstanding barangays nationwide that passed the first ever 2023 Seal of Good Local Governance for Barangay (SGLGB).

“Congratulations to the 1,028 barangays across the country who responded to the call for excellence in public service and bagged the 2023 SGLGB. Salamat sa pangunguna ninyo sa pagtataas ng antas ng paglilingkod-bayan sa ating mga pamayanan,” Abalos said.

He continued: “Bahagi na kayo ng kasaysayan ng SGLGB bilang mga kauna-unahang nabigyan ng ganitong pagkilala.”

SGLGB is a performance assessment and recognition system designed to distinguish barangays with outstanding performance across various governance areas.

The SGLGB assessment covered 94.25 percent or 39,623 barangays nationwide, with 1,028 or 2.59 percent barangays hitting the stringent qualifications and achieving National Passers status.

Regions 1, 13, and 8 led the regions with the most SGLGB passers with 135, 132, and 102 barangays, respectively.

The DILG shall present the passers with a Certificate of Recognition.

Provincial, city, and municipal governments are encouraged to give rewards or incentives to their respective barangay passers.

The 2023 SGLGB utilized the “3+1 principle” where prospective passers must adhere to three core governance areas, namely financial administration and sustainability; disaster preparedness; and safety and peace and order.

Barangays must also pass at least one of the essential governance areas such as social protection and sensitivity; business-friendliness and competitiveness; and environmental management.

Meanwhile, Abalos said he hopes that more barangays will make it to the passers list this year following the initial launch of the SGLGB in 2023.

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