“For us, this is a validation of allthe other awards we earned,” the mayor said in a statement on Friday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said ina statement that the SGLG 2019 presents a more challenging requisite of hittingthe minimum criteria in the SGLG’s seven governance areas. Of the five cities awarded in WesternVisayas, four are in Negros Occidental. The other is Passi in Iloilo province. “Congratulations to all Region 6awardees. We recognize your efforts in practicing good governance and providingbetter public service,” the DILG-6 posted on its official Facebook page. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the SGLGis the barometer of the performance of a local government unit (LGU). The LGU awardees will also have accessto other programs and capacity development assistance of the DILG. (With a report from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City –Four cities in Negros Occidental, including this capital city, are among thisyear’s awardees of the coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) bestowed bythe Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). This time, the LGU also has todemonstrate positive results out of its reform efforts, taking into account thelocal leadership and the cohesive action of the entire workforce. For 2019, only 57 out of 145 citiesaround the country have been presented with the SGLG Awards. The criteria have seven governancecore areas – financial administration; disaster preparedness; socialprotection; peace and order; business-friendliness and competitiveness;environmental protection; and tourism, culture, and the arts. The three others include the componentcities of San Carlos, Silay and Victorias. The SGLG marker will be conferred onthe recipients, along with the eligibility to the Performance Challenge Fund tofinance their local development initiatives. All the four cities from NegrosOccidental have celebrated their wins in their respective social media postssince Thursday.