Zambo gets 3rd Seal of ‘Good Housekeeping’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:02

Zamboanga City is once again a recipient of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) for 2014.

This was revealed by City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat who noted that this is the third year in a row that the City has been duly recognized for its strict compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy of the Commission on Audit (COA) and conformity to accounting and auditing standards, rules and regulations.

“This is a good development. It really means that the City was able to maintain its finances in order,” said Sicat.

The GFH is a component of the Seal of Good Local Governance, formerly known as the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) which the DILG initiated in 2010. Both the GFH and SGH apply the same minimum criteria which is the unqualified or qualified COA Opinion and Compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP).

As a GFH recipient, the City is entitled to receive a Php 3 million subsidy from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF). According to DILG guidelines, the PCF subsidy will be used for a specific modular type of project, to be implemented and completed within one year from the date of receipt of the PCF.

Sicat said that upon initial discussions with City Mayor Beng Climaco, the PCF subsidy for the City will be used to pursue Security, Health and Education (SHE) projects, with emphasis on education in the barangays and the provision of learning equipment such as computers and pre-loaded encyclopedias.

The project proposal is currently being prepared for submission to DILG, he added.

Mayor Climaco expressed her gratitude for the recognition and lauded the City Government employees for their effort and commitment.

“Thank God that amidst all of the crisis we have, we maintained our seal, from good housekeeping to good governance particularly in financial stability,” she said.

In a memorandum from the DILG, a total of 1,307 LGUs or 78% passed the 2014 GFH Assessment out of the 1,676 assessed-provincial, city and municipal governments. — Jasmine Mohammadsali