DILG presents to Celso good housekeeping seal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 August 2012 13:55

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) yesterday formally presented to the city government the marker or seal of good housekeeping affirming the city’s efforts to promote good local governance.

The marker or seal, engraved in a huge, thick glass, is signed by the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who initiated the Seal of Good Housekeeping for LGUs project in a bid to promote transparency, accountability and efficiency in local governance.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with city department heads happily received the marker from DILG Regional Director Paizal Abutazil during simple rites held at the City Hall conference room yesterday morning.

The presentation of the marker came over a week after Sec. Robredo perished with two others after their plane plunged into the waters off Masbate last August 18.

“Today marks another significant milestone in the history of Zamboanga City, I say significant because DILG will be turning over the Seal of Good Housekeeping market to the local government, a solemn oath of your efforts to promote good local governance”, Dir. Abutazil said in his message, as he presented the marker to Mayor Lobregat and the department heads.

The director said the DILG is aware of the efforts of the city government led by Mayor Lobregat, as it endeavours to improve the lives of the Zamboangueños. “Thus, you are now reaping the rewards of your hardwork. Your LGU is proof that good governance is possible if leadership is anchored on the principles of transparency and accountability”.

In his message, the director likewise acknowledged the good relationship between the late Sec. Robredo, Mayor Lobregat and the city government of Zamboanga, as he thanked the city for the continuous support to the late Secretary Robredo.

Had Sec. Robredo has not perished, the presentation of the marker to the city government would have been spearheaded by the secretary, according to the DILG director.

Zamboanga City was Sec. Robredo’s second most visited city, outside of Naga, the secretary’s hometown.

Mayor Lobregat in his message, could not help but reminisce the numerous times that Sec. Robredo visited Zamboanga for meetings with officials and staff of agencies under his department, for inauguration of city government-initiated projects, tackle peace and security concerns and for speaking engagements.

“It is very unfortunate though that Sec. Robredo passed away and if he were alive, I think he will be the one to personally present this seal of good housekeeping to the city”, the teary-eyed mayor said.

Having been named recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping, the city government of Zamboanga is a recipient of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).

Zamboanga City is a recipient of P105 million for the implementation of various projects that include among others rural electrification, local roads connecting national roads, arterial farm to market roads and bridges, local economic enterprises, flood control and drainage and to support various priority projects of the national government such as the millennium development goals, Philippine disaster risk reduction and management act of 2010 and solid waste management act of 2000.

Zamboanga City was also named Regional Winner of the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award, another component of the Seal of Good Housekeeping project initiated by the late Robredo.

As Pamana ng Lahi winner, the city received P2million prize money which was used to purchase 60 computer units and distributed to 12 public secondary and elementary schools in the city with turnover rites graced by the late Robredo last June 5. — Sheila Covarrubias