The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - ARMM is now gearing up for the 2018 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).  The SGLG, an award and incentive program for performing local government units (LGUs) continues in 2018 the pursuit to encourage and challenge all LGUs to improve on their performance and service delivery set across the core and essential areas of the said program. 

With the strategic directions set by DILG-ARMM including the increased number of target LGUs as potential awardees for this year, the SGLG Regional Team, headed by LGOO VI Fausiah K. Romancap-Abdula, was directed by Regional Secretary, Atty. Noor Hafizullah M. Abdullah, to conduct onsite visit to target LGUs of Tawi-Tawi for pre-assessment relative to the SGLG program.

Ms. Abdula, Officer-in-Charge of Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division (LGMED) LGMED, together with her team namely, LGOO V Helen P. Ahmad, Statistician II Mauricio F. Civiles and support staff, Bouharri D. Dumama and Irene T. Abdula, went to five (5) municipalities: Panglima Sugala, Simunul, Sibutu, Bongao and Languyan on January 30-February 4, 2018. The team was joined by its provincial counterpart, headed by OIc Provincial Director Gulahasan A. Sappayani, including provincial CSO representative, Prof. Arlene N. Sevilla.

The SGLG Team went to conduct pre-assessment activity through onsite inspection on the LGUs’ structures and systems; documentary review and interview with key officials and department heads. They were checked based on the core and essential areas of the SGLG such as Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Peace and Order, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management and Tourism, Cul;ture and the Arts. Governance Assessment Report utilizing the 2017 SGLG data of the LGUs were also presented. To ensure that weak areas will be improved by the LGUs, regular monitoring will be taken by the MLGOO and Provincial SGLG Team. Commitment was also solicited from the Local Chief Executives to ensure cooperation and full support to undertake those recommendations given by the SGLG Team during the Exit Meeting after the pre-assessment activity.

The activity was done per agreement set during the 4th Management Committee (ManCom) Meeting held on December 21-22, 2017 with the information that not one of the twelve (12) local government units in Tawi-Tawi has been a passer of the SGLG for three (3) consecutive years.