*First published on www.pia.gov.ph as written by Oji Sanchez
LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, June 13 (PIA) — For the second time in less than a year, a first-class academic town with a first-term mayor earned another award for good governance.
Los Baños, also known as the Special Science and Nature City of the Philippines, ranked number one this year in the implementation of the Local Government Performance Management System (LGPMS) among 26 other municipalities in the province of Laguna.
The first place award was conferred by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through its provincial director Lionel Dalope, during a simple ceremony last June 4 witnessed by local government unit employees at the municipal covered court.
DILG-Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Olivo Esquivel personally handed the award to Mayor Anthony Genuino and LGU department heads.
“This (award) is a great honor to the people of Los Baños,” said Mayor Genuino who is serving his first term as local chief executive. “Officials and employees of the local government unit and the invaluable public cooperation made this recognition possible. I bestow this award to the people of Los Baños,” the 29-year old mayor added.
Based on the DILG State of Local Governance Performance Electronic Report or e-SLGPR, Los Baños topped other municipalities in the province with an over-all performance index of 4.75 points from an evaluation of the LGU’s performance in administrative, social, economic, and environmental governance.
A Performance Scale is used by DILG to identify areas with excellent performance and areas for improvement. A perfect scale of 5.00 denotes excellent performance.
The DILG cited Mayor Genuino for being a “catalyst of development (in) empowering all stakeholders (who) transformed (Los Baños) into a robust player in LGPMS.”
“Our people deserve nothing less but honest and performing local government officials. My goal is to improve the quality of life in Los Baños through improved standards, not only for infrastructure projects, but also on social welfare programs and empowerment of the marginalized sectors,” the mayor added.
In November 2011, the DILG conferred the Seal of Good House Keeping to Los Baños based on an evaluation of the municipal government’s orderly and transparent financial transactions and full disclosure to the general public.
After only seven months, Los Baños bagged the said LGPMS award for its exceptional implementation of the fundamentals of good governance such as participation, transparency, and financial accountability.
The DILG Local Governance Performance Report Card indicates the following scores for Los Baños: on Fundamentals of Governance-Participation (4.33); Transparency (5.00); and Financial Accountability (5.00); on Social Governance-Health Services (5.00); Support to Education Services (5.00); Support to Housing and Basic Utilities (5.00); and Peace, Security and Disaster Risk Management (5.00).
On Environmental Governance-Forest Ecosystems Management (5.00); Freshwater Ecosystems Management (5.00); Urban Ecosystems Management (5.00); on Economic Governance-Support to Agriculture Sector (5.00); Entrepreneurship, Business and Industry Promotion (4.94); on Administrative Governance-Local Legislation (4.25); Development Planning (4.91); Revenue Generation (4.00); Resource Allocation and Utilization (3.75); Customer Service–Civil Applications (4.40); and Human Resource Management and Development (5.00).
Meanwhile, Los Baños municipal government officials are now preparing LGU requirements for the next Gawad Pamana ng Lahi competition, also to be conferred by the DILG. (Oji Sanchez, PIO-Los Baños/CPG, PIA4A)