136 E. Visayas LGUs pass financial housekeeping seal

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 8 (Eastern Visayas) said at least 136 local government units (LGUs) in the region have passed the 2019 good financial housekeeping (GFH).

These local governments consist of 123 towns, seven cities, and six provinces, the DILG-8 said in a statement on Wednesday.

The region's six provinces -- Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Biliran -- earned the GFH seal last year.

In the city category, all seven cities in the region complied with GFH standards -- Baybay, Ormoc, and Tacloban in Leyte; Borongan in Eastern Samar; Calbayog and Catbalogan in Samar; and Maasin in Southern Leyte.

The GFH recognizes local government units with good performance in internal housekeeping focusing on good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing of performance information, DILG-8 Director Artemio Caneja said.

The number of towns compliant with GFH standards represents 90 percent of the 136 municipalities in Eastern Visayas, Caneja said.

The DILG certified the list on February 14 and the regional office here released the list through its social media account on Wednesday.

Caneja said based on an advisory from their main office, the provinces, cities, and towns not included on the list may submit their letter-request to the DILG � Bureau of Local Government Supervision for reconsideration.

The GFH seal looks into comprehensive development plans and executive-legislative agenda, Commission on Audit observations, implementation of audit findings, annual budget, updated Local Revenue Code, quarterly and annual statement of receipts and expenditures, compliance with the Anti-Red Tape Law, full disclosure of local budget and finances, bids and public offerings, use of performance monitoring tools or scorecard systems, and recognitions received.

Source: Philippines News agency

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