In the pursuit of strengthening local governance and promoting effective service delivery, the Regional Assessment Team (RAT) from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 headed by ARD Yvette Tolentino-Sunga conducted the audit for Iligan City yesterday at the Macaraeg Ancestral House, Brgy. Buru-un, this city.

𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗚𝗟𝗚 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁
The SGLG assessment serves as a comprehensive evaluation of LGUs across ten (10) governance areas. These areas include financial administration; disaster preparedness; social protection and sensitivity; health compliance and responsiveness; sustainable education; business-friendliness and competitiveness; safety, peace and order; environmental management; tourism; heritage development; culture and arts; and youth development. By excelling in these areas, LGUs are recognized for their good governance practices and awarded the prestigious SGLG.

𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗚𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲
Recognizing the potential of the SGLG assessment to drive positive change, Iligan City has placed a strong emphasis on good governance and sustainable development. The city’s local government has actively pursued initiatives to address the essential areas identified in the assessment. Through collaborative efforts and strategic planning, Iligan City has made significant strides towards meeting the SGLG criteria as compared to its performance in the previous years.

𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲
Situated in a geographically vulnerable region, Iligan City recognizes the critical importance of disaster preparedness and resilience. By prioritizing the safety and well-being of its residents, Iligan City has demonstrated its commitment to building a resilient community. Through the SGLG audit, the city is poised to further strengthen its disaster risk reduction and management programs, including early warning systems, emergency response protocols, and community-based disaster preparedness initiatives.

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁
Iligan City has made substantial efforts to ensure that its governance practices address the needs of marginalized sectors and promote inclusive development. By prioritizing social protection programs, such as healthcare, education, and livelihood support, the city aims to uplift the quality of life for all its residents. The SGLG assessment has provided a framework to evaluate and enhance these initiatives, driving positive outcomes and equitable progress.

𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗔𝗱𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗱𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗟𝗼𝘄 𝗨𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
After successfully completing audit, Iligan City received praises from the RAT for its exemplary performance in most of the governance areas. However, despite this achievement, the city now faces the challenge of addressing its unsatisfactory remark in its utilization rate.
Amidst this, city mayor Frederick W. Siao recognizes the RAT evaluation result and believes that overcoming the challenge of low utilization requires a concerted effort from Iligan City’s local government, community members, and stakeholders. In the exit conference, ARD Yvette underscored that strengthening awareness, simplifying procedures, enhancing capacity-building initiatives, improving inter-agency coordination, and implementing a robust monitoring and evaluation system, Iligan City can unlock the full potential of the SGLG. As the city takes proactive steps to address this challenge, it will pave the way for sustainable development and positive transformation, ensuring that the benefits of the SGLG reach all its constituents and contribute to a prosperous future for Iligan City.

The SGLG assessment has become a catalyst for change and an avenue for continuous improvement in Iligan City’s governance practices. The conduct of the SGLG audit highlights the significance of collaborative efforts, strategic planning, and citizen engagement in achieving sustainable development and improving the overall well-being of its residents. As Iligan City continues to evolve, it remains dedicated to further enhancing its governance practices, ensuring a brighter future for all. (𝘋𝘐𝘓𝘎 𝘐𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘢𝘯 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 | 𝘔. 𝘙𝘢𝘰𝘱𝘢𝘯)