LEGAZPI CITY – Albay province and the cities of Naga and Ligao in Bicol were among the thirty top performing local government units in the country for 2010 chosen by the Department of Local Government (DILG), a ranking DILG official said Tuesday.
The 30 provinces and cities have been named top performing local government units for 2010 based on their high scores in the latest Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), a web-based, self-assessment tool that measures their performance in key governance areas and provides information on their status in terms of local governance and development.
In an emailed press release, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo said LGPMS, which is managed by the DILG’s Bureau of Local Government Supervision, assesses LGUs on administrative, social, economic, and environmental governance, and on fundamentals of good governance which include transparency, participation and financial accountability.
He said the 30 LGUs -– 10 provinces and 20 cities -– got an average overall performance index ranging from 4.6415 to 4.9370, with one as the lowest and five as the highest.
The top 10 high performing provinces according to rank are: Bohol (4.9370); La Union (4.9115); Bulacan (4.8628); Negros Oriental (4.8331); Pangasinan (4.8185); Ilocos Norte (4.8185); Albay (4.8064); Cavite (4.8031); Compostela Valley (4.7812); and Tarlac (4.7773).
Top performing cities in the highly urbanized and independent component cities category are Valenzuela (4.9150); San Juan (4.8875); Puerto Princesa (4.8640); Angeles (4.7410); Davao (4.7380); Naga (4.6940); Zamboanga (4.6865); Iligan (4.6710); Cebu (4.6633); and Taguig (4.6415).
For the component cities category, the top performers were Ligao (4.9240); Laoag (4.9193); San Fernando (4.9177); Vigan (4.8617); Gingoog (4.8568); Cabanatuan (4.8363); Dipolog (4.8113); La Carlota (4.7553); Iriga (4.7522); and Batac (4.7430).
Albay Governor Joey Salceda lauded the DILG for regularly conducting the LGPMS as this would encourage other LGUs to steam up their performance in various aspects of local governance.
Salceda said Albay under his stewardship have develop landmark programs that would spur socio-economic activities in the province.
The programs place Albay in the economic road map that would engage investors, tourist, and traders to be secure in the province as one of the most liveable place across the country.
“Our vision is to become the most liveable province know for good schools good hospitals and good environment,” he said.
Under the program Albay Rising the road map direction would focus on the 5 E’s : Economy, Education, Environment, Equity and Health.
The notable projects of 5 Es include, among others: the Southern Luzon International Airport (SLIA), Guicadale Business Platform, National Renewable Energy Program, Barangay Capacity enhancement, 4Ps, Higher Education Contribution Scheme, Education Quality for Albayano (EQUAL), Albay Higher Education Contribution Scheme (AHECS), Bicol University and the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital modernization and the Universal PhilHealth coverage.
The province has also embarked on an aggressive program such as Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) operation where pre-emptive disaster measure had been instituted to attain a “ Zero Casualty” goal and the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) program. (PNA)