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Lucena City, recieves Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping

By Nimfa Estrellado
February 22, 2020

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Lucena City Mayor Roderick "Dondon" Alcala

LUCENA CITY - The City of Lucena, Quezon Province is included in the list of cities that have passed the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping 2019.

The SGFH assesses how well Local Government Units comply with set accounting and auditing standards, rules and regulations. Passing the assessment means Lucena City has spent and audited its public funds accurately and transparently.

Part of the criteria includes an Unqualified or Qualified Commission on Audit (COA) Opinion of the immediately preceding year as well as Compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy of Local Budget and Finances, Bids and Public Offerings such as Annual Budget, Statement of Receipts and Expenditures, Annual Procurement Plan or Procurement List, and Bid Results On Civil Works, Goods and Services and Consulting Services, among others.

According to DILG City Director Esther Dator, in addition to adhering to the COA audit opinion, there is also a need to comply with the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) of Local Budget and Finances, Bids and Public Offerings such as the Annual Budget, Statement of Receipts and Expenditures, Annual Procurement Plan or Procurement List, Bid Results On Civil Works and other requirements.

SGFH is one of the six areas that must be approved and passed by an LGU before it can be offered the SGLG or Seal of Good Local Governance.

Dator added that one advantage of the financial administration's passing is that LGUs have good financial standing where they can invest in banks.

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The province of Quezon with its two cities and all its towns obtained SGFH.

Obtaining the SGFH certification has put Lucena City one step closer to its bid of getting the Seal of Good Local Governance. For this distinction, an LGU is assessed and judged in areas such as Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection, Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order, and Environmental Management.

Meanwhile, under the directive of the DILG, the barangays of their respective Barangay Health Emergency Team (BHERT) have been formed to respond to the Corona Virus Disease (COVID) 2019 threat. Barangay Nutrition, Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS), midwife and nurse report to the barangay president.

The barangays are subdivided into five clusters in one orientation to gain an understanding of what to do if Persons Under Investigation (PUI) is in place. They will report to the City Health Office (CHO) on this.

They are also looking for the Barangay Isolation Unit to deploy PUIs.

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