The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) initiated the Seal of Good Housekeeping as a means of evaluating how local government units attain certain standards.
In order to be conferred the Seal of Good Housekeeping, local government units must comply by a full disclosure policy and post budgetary documents in public, both online and on bulletin boards. There must also be no serious negative findings in their respective Commission on Audit reports.
Recipients of the seal receive a Performance Challenge Fund, a DILG incentive program that can be used as supplemental funding for development projects. Such grants go a long way in extending assistance, especially for low-income localities that often rely on funds from their respective provincial governments or congressional representative.
Don Salvador Benedicto was one of the localities awarded the 2018 Seal of Good Housekeeping.
Elected officials in charge of recipient local government units can brag about receiving the award, along with feel proud for being honored with such a coveted prize.
Good leadership and management skills are required of a successful local chief executive, which is why it is important to identify non-performing local government units.
According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, recipients of the Seal of Good Housekeeping are testimony to those local government units striving to improve quality of service./WDJ