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AMID COVID-19, QUIRINO GUNS FOR 6TH SGLG AWARD

Quirino Governor Dax Cua is confident that the province will be able to again bag the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award for this year amid the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the past five years, Quirino was a recipient of the SGLG award given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Cua said with the careful planning, and coordination with all the IATF members and the unity and cooperation shown by the Quirinians, Quirino was the first province to receive complete doses of vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and others.

The SGLG is the highest recognition and the most prestigious award given by the DILG to excellent and performing local government units (LGUs) in the delivery of public service through compliance with pertinent national laws and guidelines.

Speaking before the recently concluded SGLG National Validation, Cua said it was an important and challenging activity for Quirino considering all the challenges that the whole world went through during the past two to three years brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But I think what made the difference for us here in Quirino was our unity and our cooperation,” Cua said as he thanked all the Inter-agency task force members, municipal local government units, national government agencies, partners, and stakeholders who worked hard to fight COVID-19.

Cua lauded the efforts of the whole SGLG Quirino team for the past 2-3 years despite the pandemic and all other challenges that the province faced.

Cua said with the careful planning, and coordination with all the IATF members and the unity and cooperation shown by the Quirinians, Quirino was the first province to receive complete doses of vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, and others.

“If we pass the SGLG assessment, it will be icing on the cake for us. I hope that this journey will be fruitful and hopefully, we will achieve the SGLG again,” the governor said.

The SGLG national validation team was led by Division Chief Melany F. Quiton of the Local Governance Performance Management Division together with the Technical Staff of the Division Kennedy F. Gallardo, LGOO III of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The team conducted a documentary review and on-site validation of the ten Local Governance areas such as: Youth Development; Tourism, Heritage Development, Culture and Arts; Environmental Management; Safety, Peace and Order; Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness; Sustainable Education; Health Compliance and Responsiveness; Social Protection and Sensitivity Programs; Disaster Preparedness; and Financial Administration.

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