Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy (center) poses with Dr. Jesus Estanislao, chair of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) and Vice Mayor Horacio Velasco (in barong) after the conferment to Dipolog City of the Proficiency Stage medallion of the Performance Governance System (PGS) during the Public Governance Forum held at the PICC, Pasay City last May 4, 2015. Also in photo are City Government department heads and key personnel, and officers of the Multi-Sectoral Governance Coalition (MSGC).

Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy expressed her elation after the City Government has successfully passed the Proficiency Stage of the Performance Governance System (PGS) during the Public Governance Forum held May 4 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

“We are happy that our efforts to transform our city through good governance is gaining grounds and is now being recognized. We will continue to push forward until we fully realize our dream and vision for Dipolog,” said Mayor Uy.

Dipolog City’s vision is to be the center of outdoor sports of the South by the year 2020. In the next five years, Dipolog is geared to be the preferred venue of various outdoor sports competitions and events.

Mayor Uy presented the accomplishments and gains of Dipolog in working towards achieving the vision and responded to queries in a public revalida chaired by Guillermo Luz, private sector co-chair of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). Other members of the panel include Anabelle Ochoa, chair of the Tourism Industry Board Foundation; Atty. Jose Luis Gomez, commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission; Alfredo Reyes, vice president of the Philippine Women’s University; and Atty. Jasmine Oporto, senior vice president of Aboitiz Equity Ventures.

Before conferring the PGS Proficiency medallion to Dipolog City, Dr. Jesus Estanislao, chair of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) and forerunner of PGS in the country, met with Mayor Uy and acclaimed the city government’s achievements. “We admire how Dipolog was able to implement transformation through PGS. We commend you for being able to make Vision Aligned Circles (VACs) work and make transformation inclusive. You can proudly say that in Dipolog, even street sweepers and garbage collectors are part of good governance,” he said.

Interviewed during the sidelines of the event, NCC’s Luz said, “PGS is a very dynamic and progressive system, where the agencies and LGUs will be encouraged to deliver services better so they can attract investments and create jobs and livelihood opportunities for their people. PGS will also help LGUs and government agencies manage their fiscal allocation efficiently through planning and proper implementation of programs.”

Meanwhile, Mercedita Guerrero, head of Dipolog City’s Office of Strategy Management (OSM), said that Dipolog City likewise qualified in the Islands of Good Governance (IGG) initiative of the ISA and NCC. IGG is a certification process that seeks to showcase the exemplary transformation of institutions that have achieved breakthrough results through governance reform.

Guerrero said that only nine local government units throughout the country have qualified to work on the IGG certification. These LGUs will undergo assessments and third-party audit on breakthrough goals and governance mechanisms between July and August and present anew before governance experts in a public revalida in October. Successful candidates will be recognized and conferred the status in the IGG Showcase during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila this coming November.

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