Last January 30, 2014 the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) for the Grassroots Particpatory Budgeting (GPB) made their way to visit Surigao Del Sur for the Provincial Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) validation for 2015 and Orientation of the Seal of Good Local Governance. The event was held at Shacene Grand Ballroom, Babua, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

The activity was attended by the different Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) of all LGUs of Surigao del Sur. The Provincial Governor, Hon. Johnny Pimentel, was there together with DILG Provincial Director Pedrito Alacaba and the DILG Regional Director, Lilibeth Famacion.

PD Alacaba gave the opening remarks followed by a message from Gov. Pimentel and another message from RD Famacion thereafter.

GPB Regional Anchor, LGOO VI Jocelyn Jayoma of DILG 13, gave the overview of the activity. It was followed by the presentation of 2015 LPRAP proposed projects of the province presented by LGOO V Marilou Autor-Salado after which a brief question-and-answer ensued.

After the discussion about the LPRAP, Ms Jayoma proceeded with the Orientation of the scaled-up version of Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) which is the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG). She enumerated the core areas and sub areas to be taken prior action and the standards of qualifying the said awarding body.

Immediately after the orientation, RD Famacion distributed Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) Checks for 2013 projects. She also gave out the 2012 SGH Passers to the LGUs. She handed the awards assisted by the PD Alacaba and Gov. Pimentel.

All the Municipalities of the Province except for Lingig were SGH recipients, to wit: Barobo, Bayabas, Cagwait, Cantilan, Carmen, Carrascal, Bislig City, Cortes, Hinatuan, Lanuza, Lianga, Madrid, Marihatag, San Agustin, San Miguel, Tagbina, Tago and Tandag City.

The municipalities who received PCF Checks worth one million each were Barobo, Bayabas, Lanuza, Lianga, Cortes, Cagwait, Carmen and Hinatuan. The cities who got their three million checks were Tandag City and Bislig City. Others were not yet given checks because of some lacking requirements.

This would be the last round of the SGH award, because this year onward, SGLG will be implemented. (Eirene C. Mahusay, DILG XIII)

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