DILG Gives Thumbs Up to Local Governance State of the Province

IMG_4875During the State of Local Governance Exit Conference, Department of Interior and Local Government (“DILG”) Provincial Director Jerome Gonzales said that the state of local governance of the Province of Cebu for the year 2012 is good, though there are still areas that need attention and improvement for 2013.

The DILG rates the performance of local governments through its Local Governance Management System (“LGPMS”). The LGPMS is a self-assessment tool that measures the performance of local government units (“LGUs”). The DILG gathered data from the different department heads of an LGU after accomplishing LGPMS survey forms.

The LGUs are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score, in the following areas: Administrative Governance, Economic Governance, Social Governance, Valuing Fundamentals of Governance, and Environmental Governance. The performance areas also have different sub-areas.

On Economic Governance, the Province received excellent scores in its support to the fishery services and entrepreneurship, business and industry promotion. However, it fell short in its support to agriculture.

In the field of Social Governance, the Province needs to beef up on its effort in health services; education; housing and basic utilities; peace, security and disaster risk management.

The Province received a perfect score in transparency but required improvement in participation and financial accountability.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III said that the exit conference is an excellent opportunity “to find out from the DILG kung unsa nay nabuhat ug unsa pay angayang buhaton nato. I hope after this, we will have a new perspective to carry out the things that we need to do [for the province of Cebu].”

The DILG also talked about the Executive and Legislative Agenda (“ELA”), which is a planning document that is mutually developed and agreed upon by both the executive and legislative departments of an LGU.

According to the DILG, the ELA leads the executive and legislative branches towards a unified vision, agree on priority problems and issues, and help them focus on a set of interventions towards the attainment of common set of objectives for the next three years. (Xerxes Alkuino)