CEBU CITY – The Municipality of Jagna once again proved her determination in upholding transparency and accountability and good governance. On December 14, 2012, on behalf of the Local Government Unit of Jagna, Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla received the Regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award for municipal category from the Department of Interior and Local Government Region 7 (DILG 7). The awarding ceremony was held during the DILG Region VII Evaluation Conference and Awarding Ceremonies held at the Cebu Grand Hotel, Escario Avenue, Cebu City.
The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (GPL), pursuant to EO 382, s. 1996, is an award that aims to give recognition to provinces, cities and municipalities that distinguish themselves in local governance. It is conferred to an LGU for exemplary performance in their state of local governance, awards from international organizations or national government agencies, and acknowledged innovations. The GPL has two award levels – the Regional Gawad and the National Gawad. Each level applies different focus of assessment and criteria. For the Regional Gawad, the assessment focuses on local government performance using assessment tools as follows: (1) Local Governance Performance Management System or LGPMS, (2) Seal of Good Housekeeping, and (3) assessment of innovation and awards. Winners of the Regional Gawad are to be further evaluated using higher performance standards, assessment of outcomes based on official statistical records and on-site validation of experts coming from the academe, CSOs, and the private sector. The Award accords government recognition to exemplary performance. It is also an instrument to scale-up the valuing of accountability, transparency and inclusivity in local administration and development.
Bagging the regional award, the municipality was measured against 5 other municipalities regardless of class for the National Gawad Pamana ng Lahi. The municipality was pitted against Carmona City in Cavite for the top spot, a first class city. Carmona City bagged the National Gawad Pamana ng Lahi by a narrow margin, but still Jagna, a third class municipality, takes pride in being pitted against a first class municipality.
The Municipality of Jagna thru Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla received a plaque and Php 1M with a total average score of 94.40 points across the region for the municipality category.
Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Teves Sagarbarria received a plaque and Php 2M with a total overall score of 84.80 points for the city category.
The Province of Bohol received the Regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award with Governor Edgar M. Chatto receiving a plaque and Php 3M with a total average score of 100 points for the provincial category.
Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla expressed his appreciation for the award and declared that the cash prize received by the LGU will directly go to priority projects just like the previous cash prizes for the Seal of Good Housekeeping awards and other awards.