The Provincial Government of Guimaras underwent the national level of validation for the 2022 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) on 6 October 2023.

Ms. Marren E. Juangco-Bautista, LGOO V and SGLG Focal Person of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Cavite led the conduct of national validation.

The national validators were accompanied by DILG-Guimaras team lead by Provincial Director Roselyn B. Quintana, CESE.

Aside from document review, the national validation team visited the Full Disclosure Policy Board at the Provincial Capitol, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Operation Center, Provincial Evacuation Center, Tourist Information and Assistance Desk, Youth Development Facility, Population Office, and the early warning systems for hazards.

Governor JC Rahman A. Nava, MD in his message emphasized that the Provincial Government of Guimaras reaching the SGLG national validation is already a success of the PGG’s aim to create an efficient government for Guimarasnons.

“This is a product of the whole year grind that we all experienced. In Guimaras we intend to provide more opportunities to our constituency. That’s the main goal. We don’t think we can reach that without trying to or create a very efficient government for that matter. The fact that we reach this stage is a clear manifestation of our commitment for that purpose,” Nava said.

The Municipalities of Buenavista and Nueva Valencia likewise underwent national validation alongside the Provincial Government of Guimaras.

The SGLG national validation is conducted in local government units (LGUs) that have passed the regional level of validation or deemed as “potential passers” of the seal.

The Seal of Good Local Governance is the highest recognition given by the DILG to performing LGUs in the delivery of public service through compliance to pertinent national laws and guidelines.

The SGLG 2022 covers 10 governance areas: Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection and Sensitivity, Health Compliance and Responsiveness, Sustainable Education, Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness; Safety, Peace and Order; Tourism, Heritage Development, Culture and Arts; Environmental Management; and Youth Development.