It’s always a good thing to be able to read in the news some positive happenings about where you live. Here it is then: when it comes to managing records of budgets and finances, Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN has done really good this year. In fact, they’ve gotten it 100% perfect for 2017, and they share this distinction with only one other administrative region of the Philippines for this year, none other than Region I – Ilocos. That Region XII’s financial housekeeping performance could be comparable to “Marcos Country” is definitely an achievement to be proud of.
Minda News reports that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has noted both the Ilocos and SOCCSKSARGEN Regions as having passed their criteria for Good Financial Housekeeping standards this year. And not just passed; both I and XII scored 100% of the criteria, a perfect score. This was determined from DILG records dating back to the end of last month, October 31. What this means for SOCCSKSARGEN is that its constituent four provinces (North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani) and two cities (Cotabato City and GenSan) have all been exemplary in the keeping of their financial records.
Good Financial Housekeeping is but one of the many facets to the coveted Seal of Local Good Governance, a meritorious mark that denotes local government units as shining examples to follow for their fellow LGUs throughout the country. Getting a GFH requires an LGU to consistent comply with the national government’s Full Disclosure Policy, plus have a Commission on Audit Opinion from the previous year to check with the DILG. In terms of financial transparency therefore, the 45 municipalities and cities of Region XII are 100% okay, the same with Region I as of 2017.
With both SOCCSKSARGEN on top of the financial housekeeping ladder in Mindanao, the second-placing region is XIII – Caraga, for both Mindanao and the country as a whole; they get a 99% passing rate with the DILG. The rest of Mindanao Regions in order of rating are Region XI – Davao (98%), Region IX – Western Mindanao (92%), and Region 10 – Northern Mindanao. At last place for Mindanao and all of the Philippines is the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with 51%. This however is mitigated by having the city of Lamitan in Basilan, and 19 other ARMM municipalities, being individually given the DILG Seal of Local Good Governance, a record for the region this year.
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