Bohol again gets DILG good gov’t seal; ULAP cites Chatto

Bohol province under Gov. Edgar Chatto has been conferred the country’s highest recognition to a local government unit (LGU) for integrity and competence for the second year in a row, enabling better governance today and ahead.

The province has not only sustained its transparency and accountability practices but likewise been able to prepare for risks, show sensitiveness to needs, drive development, protect life and safeguard environmental dignity, all core assessment areas.

Chatto received the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Ismael Sueno at the conferment rites at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City Thursday.

The Bohol government was first conferred the seal in 2015 and, this year, shared the achievement with only 42 other provinces, a number of them just first-time recipients, out of 81 provinces in the country.

The SGLG was cited as the official entry to the 2015 Open Government Awards competed by 30 countries.

A day to the awarding, Chatto received a recognition from the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) as its founding secretary-general and the very brain who gave the “mother of all local leagues” in the country its name.

ULAP’s leading member is the governors’ league, which present national secretary-general happens to be also the Bohol governor.

Chatto was further cited for then heading the league of governors’ technical working group that formulated the KALSADA Program, adopted into what is now the Conditional Matching Grant for local roads in provinces with P18 billion allocation by the Duterte administration for 2017.

Aside from the provincial government, seven Bohol municipal LGUs were likewise conferred this year’s SGLG, namely, Alicia, Corella, Duero, Maribojoc, Talibon, Tubigon and Trinidad.

Their respective mayors—Marnilou Ayuban, Jose Nicanor Tocmo, Conrada Amparo, Gomersendo Arocha, Restituto Auxtero, William Richard Jao and Judith Cajes—received the seals for their LGUs.

For earning the seal, Bohol province is entitled to P7 million and the seven municipal LGUs P3 million each from the DILG Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to finance development projects and other incentives, including access to other national performance-based programs.

Cebu provincial government, Mandaue City and Medellin town, also in Cebu, were the only other Central Visayas LGUs that passed the stringent assessment for the good governance seal.

Of the 1,715 LGUs nationwide, the DILG this year awarded the seal to only 306, broken down as follows—only 42 out of 81 provinces, 51 out of 145 cities, and 212 out of 1,489 municipalities.

There were 1,672 LGUs actually assessed until the 306 most deserving were identified, and which awarding highlighted the 25th Anniversary of the Local Government Code.

The assessment was participated by national agencies, civil society organizations and private sector.

The DILG launched the SGLG—also translated to Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal—during the Good Governance Summit in Manila in 2014 and after the successful run of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH).

The SGH only measured the levels of compliance to the department’s full disclosure policy, particularly in the areas of budget, revenues and procurement, among others, as well as meeting the requirements of the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA).

ARTA’s co-author also happens to be Chatto while he was First District congressman.

With SGLG’s institution, the DILG aims for a condition by which LGUs do not only sustain the practices of accountability and transparency, collectively termed the good financial housekeeping.

The LGUs are also able to prepare for the challenges posed by disasters (disaster preparedness) and sensitive to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized sectors (social protection).

Moreover, the SGLG drives LGUs to encourage investment and employment (business-friendliness and competitiveness), protect the constituents from threats to life and security (peace and order), and safeguard the integrity of the environment (environmental management).

Before flying to Manila for the seal awarding, Chatto led the joint meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) with guest Maj. Gen. Raul del Rosario, chief of the Central Command (Centcom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported the continuing drop in Bohol’s crime volume and increasing gains in the relentless campaign against illegal drugs, as also indicated National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency (PDEA) reports.

To get the SGLG, an LGU needs to pass all the three core assessment areas—good financial housekeeping, social protection and disaster preparedness, and at least one from the essential assessment areas—business-friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order or environmental management.

For earning the seal, Bohol province is entitled to P7 million and the seven municipal LGUs P3 million each from the DILG Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to finance development projects and other incentives, including access to other national performance-based programs.


A day to the DILG good governance awarding, Chatto was recognized as the pioneering secretary-general of the ULAP, the umbrella organization of all local government leagues in the Philippines.

He was then vice governor in 1999 when Chatto, together with then Laguna Gov. Joey Lina, also a former senator, founded the ULAP and registered the same with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Chatto was at the same time then the national president of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines (LVGP).

A former ULAP executive director now heading the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) secretariat disclosed to all member leagues at the ULAP National Executive Board (NEB) meeting Wednesday that the name ULAP was a Chatto brainchild.

ULAP, the Pilipino term for cloud, was so coined to suggest a union that aims higher.

During the NEB meeting, the ULAP reorganized its interim officers and Chatto was invited to share about the union’s history, constitution and by-laws.

The interim officers are led by LPP National Chairman Al Francis Bichara, who is the Albay governor, and National President Ryan Luis Singson, who is the governor of Ilocos Sur.


The ULAP, particularly the LPP, acknowledged that the innovative approach to local road management with national support formerly known as the KALSADA Program is in full speed.

The program is now labeled the Conditional Matching Grant (CMG) for provincial roads upgrading, rehabilitation and improvement.

To continue KALSADA’s implementation which has P6.5 billion national allocation this year, the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has earmarked P18 billion for the program in 2017 under its new name.

Provinces across the country stand to get bigger shares from the P18 billion fund, with Bohol alone to receive P436.270 million to upgrade or improve additional 29 kilometers of provincial roads next year.

Both also Central Visayas provinces, Cebu will get P162.883 million and Siquijor, P63.942 million.

League fellows credited Chatto for principally authoring the KALSADA , drawn from the learning from Bohol’s implementation of the Australian-assisted Philippine Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF).

The past batch of the governors’ league had thus precisely designated Chatto to head its technical working group on the crafting of the program.

Chatto was invited to the DILG guideline formulation team for the CMG, which now follows the criteria of fund allocation per province by equal national share of P45 million to each province, plus the remaining allocable share.

The remaining allocable share, also to be taken from the P18 billion, is to be determined by a province’s length of unpaved provincial roads (60%) and land area (40%).

Chatto thanked the Duterte for supporting KALSADA’s continuity as “this will go a long way, paving all provincial roads in six years time and enhancing connectivity to national, farm-to-market and tourism roads.”

Chatto, then congressman, and Sen. Richard Gordon principally authored Republic Act 9593 or the National Tourism Act of 2009, which has created the tourism roads convergence program of the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Tourism.

Other Chatto laws converted over 100 kilometers of provincial roads into national roads, including the Panglao island circumferential road, Antequera-San Isidro-Tubigon road, Balilihan-Batuan road via Makapiko road and Sagbayan-Danao road.


(Ven Rebo Arigo)

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