The 2014 Local Governance Performance Management (LGPMS) is no longer going to be a self-assessment tool as before. This was brought out during the Caraga Leagues of Local Planning and Development Coordinators Forum held last April 23, 2014 at Prince Hotel, Butuan City where the LGPMS and the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) were among the major topics discussed during the activity which was spearheaded by the National Economic Development Authority – Region 13.

LGOO VI Jocelyn C. Jayoma, LGPMS Regional Anchor, informed the body of the new LGPMS which operationalizes the Seal of Good Local Governance. As such, it is no longer a self-assessment tool among Local Government Units (LGUs), as was the practice before. The new scheme is based on the DILG Memorandum Circular Number 2014-39 dated March 24, 2014. This is to remove biases and maintain objectivity in the assessment since the LGPMS stepped up from being a mere planning and performance monitoring tool into the performance oversight tool for the recognition platform for the SGLG that would identify the top performing LGUs in the areas of Good Financial Housekeeping, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management, and Peace and Order.

Under the new scheme, a team of assessors coming from the DILG, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and National Government Agencies (NGAs) called the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) will be the ones who will visit the LGUs to make their assessments. The results from the RAT for the component cities and municipalities will be encoded by the Provincial Focal Person into the LGPMS data capture form; while the results for the provinces and highly urbanized cities will be encoded by the Regional Focal Person. Once encoded, the LGPMS will automatically process the data and generate the list of qualified LGUs for the SGLG.
For a start, the SGLG embarks on a 3+1 principle where each LGU should pass all the three core assessment areas, i.e. Good Financial Housekeeping, Disaster Preparedness, and Social Protection, while only needing to pass only one of the remaining essential assessment areas.

The SGLG recipient LGUs are eligible to access the upscaled Performance Challenge Fund, a support fund to finance local development initiatives in furtherance of national government goals and strategic thrusts. Access to other program windows and capacity development assistance from the DILG will also form part of the incentives package, subject to national policies and guidelines.

To gear up for this, an orientation on the SGLG and LGPMS is set for all DILG field officers on May 5, 2014 at Pietros Square, Capitol-Bonbon Road, Butuan City. Here the different Municipal/City Local Government Operations Officers (M/CLGOOs) and Provincial Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) involved are to be apprised with the implementation details of the program. (Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio, RIO-Designate, DILG XIII)

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