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The Gawad is given to a province, city or municipality for exemplary performance in administrative, social, economic and environmental governance.  The yearly award seeks to promote accountability, transparency and involvement to local administration and development.


Exemplary performance information is drawn from the database of the on-line Local Governance Performance Management System, Seal of Good Housekeeping, International Organization or National Government Agency-bestowed Awards, and acknowledged innovations.

In Eastern Visayas, the LGUs which topped the 2011 Gawad in their respective categories were:

  • Naval, Biliran
  • Ormoc City
  • Leyte Province

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Gov. Jericho Petilla receives the Gawad Pamana nga Lahi award for Leyte Province

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Ormoc City Mayor Eric Codilla receives his award from DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.


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Mayor Susan Parilla of Naval, Biliran is awarded the Gawad Pamana for municipalities.




  • Kawayan, Biliran

The municipality of Kawayan was the first and only LGU in Eastern Visayas to be awarded the SGH for 2010. Consequently it received the P1 Million Peso grant last January 28 from the national government under the Performance Challenge Fund and has finished implementation of its chosen project.

A validation is scheduled for the first week of December 2011 by a team from DILG Central and Regional Office on the seawall and flood control project of the municipality.


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Kawayan Mayor Gerry Espina receives the P1M check for the PCF from DILG Usec. Austere Panadero and Congressman Lorenzo Tanada III.


The Seal of Good Housekeeping is a recognition of local governments for sound fiscal management as evidenced by absence of “adverse” or “disclaimer” opinion from the LGU’s Annual Audit Report (AAR) from the Commission on Audit (COA); and compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP).

The list is gathered from monitoring reports of DILG field officers, which are validated by provincial and regional teams with participation of a representative from civil society.

LGUs in Eastern Visayas which were granted the SGH this year are:

  • 1st Wave: July 2011 ( 4th to 6thclass municipalities)

          1. Almeria, Biliran

                2. Biliran, Biliran

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Mayors of Almeria and Biliran municipalities receive their SGH certificates from Usec. Austere Panadero (3rd from left) at the Tapatan Roadshow on Full Disclosure Policy on July 14, 2011 in Palo, Leyte.

  • 2nd Wave: September 2011 (1st to 3rdclass municipalities / cities / provinces)

         1.Province of Leyte

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2.Ormoc City

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3.Naval, Biliran

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4.Hinunangan, Southern Leyte

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5.Laoang, Northern Samar

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6.Guiuan, Eastern Samar

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7.Alang-alang, Leyte

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8.Burauen, Leyte

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9.Jaro, Leyte

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  • 3rd Wave Passers

Validation conducted in November 2011

by the Regional Technical Working Group, with CSO participation


1. Biliran Provincial Government            
2. Cabucgayan, Biliran
3. Kawayan, Biliran    
4. Maripipi, Biliran    
5. Eastern Samar Provincial Government        
6. Balangiga, Eastern Samar    
7. Dolores, Eastern Samar
8. Hernani, Eastern Samar
9. Maydolong, Eastern Samar    
10. San Julian, Eastern Samar    
11. Sulat, Eastern Samar
12. Tacloban City    
13. Babatngon, Leyte    
14. Calubian, Leyte    
15. Dagami, Leyte    
16. Palo, Leyte    
17. Tanauan, Leyte    
18. Northern Samar Provincial Government    
19. San Isidro, Northern Samar    
20. Maasin City    
21. Hinundayan, Southern Leyte    
22. Macrohon, Southern Leyte    
23. Calbiga, Samar        
24. Marabut, Samar


Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) 2011 Grant in Eastern Visayas

The Local Government Support Fund is intended to defray part of the decrease of the local government units’ Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) this 2012. This would be released only to provinces, cities, and municipalities which have passed the DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH).

Recipient LGUs would be granted not more than 50% of their corresponding decrease in IRA after DILG has reviewed and approved their one-page project proposals which should be submitted along with a copy of the LGU’s Annual Investment Plan (AIP), or a resolution from the Sanggunian identifying the project/s to be funded by the LGSF. Once the DILG Regional Office has determined the soundness of the project, it shall endorse the same to the DBM for fund processing.

Proposed projects shall be used as capital expenditures to augment their respective approved 2012 AIP for implementation of any OR combination of the following projects only:
a. Rural electrification
b. Local roads connecting national roads
c. Arterial farm-to-market roads and bridges
d. Local economic enterprises
e. Flood control and drainage; and
f. To support the following priority projects of the National Government, such as :
• Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
i. Achieve universal primary education
• Construction of pre-school/kindergarten/day-care centers
ii. Reduced child mortality and improve maternal health
• Construction of water supply and sanitation system
• Procurement of medical equipment
• Construction/repair/rehabilitation of rural health units (RHUs) and birthing centers
• Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010
i. Repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of school buildings, irrigation system, flood control and roads and bridges in areas/communities affected by calamities
ii. Acquisition of Basic Emergency Response Equipment
iii. For relief operations and assistance to victims of calamities
• Solid Waste Management Act of 2000
i. Construction, rehabilitation and expansion of existing material recovery facility (MRF). The purchase of dump trucks/garbage trucks shall be excluded.

In the case of municipalities, the LGSF allocation may be used, aside from the above-mentioned projects, for the following purposes:
• Medical assistance
• Livelihood assistance
• Other social services (e.g. assistance to indigent/displaced persons or families), and
• Financial subsidy to LGUs as specified in page 979 of the General Appropriations Act of 2011

The regional total in Eastern Visayas is 170.6 million pesos for 35 LGUs, with the following breakdown:
• Provinces: (4 Provinces) 60M
• Cities: 90M (3 cities)
• Municipalities: (28) 20.6M

• Total for SGH 2nd Wave is 77.5 M pesos for 11 LGUs
• Total for SGH 3rd wave is 93.1M with 24 LGUs

By geographical area,
• P101.9 M for 11 LGUs in Leyte (including Leyte province, Tacloban and Ormoc cities)
• P8.3M for 7 LGUs in Biliran (including provincial government)
• P20.2M for 8 LGUs (including provincial gov't.)in Eastern Samar
• P16.8M for 3 LGUs (including provincial gov't) in Northern Samar
• P22M for 4 LGUs (including Maasin City) in Southern Leyte
• P1.4M for 2 municipalities in Samar




  • 2011 Regional Nominees


The best Lupons in the country are given re cognition based on efficiency in operations; effectiveness in securing the objectives of the KP program that are measurable through quality of settlement of cases; creativity and resourcefulness of Lupong Tagapamayapa in terms of innovative mediation techniques or methods initiated, active coordination with concerned agencies, among others.

The award is a joint program of the DILG and the Department of Justice (DoJ) which seeks to give due recognition to Lupons which have showed exemplary performance in exercising the time-honored tradition of amicably settling disputes among barangay constituents.  
    In Eastern Visayas, the regional finalists for CY 2011 are:

  • Highly Urbanized Cities

Brgy. 88 San Jose, Tacloban City

  • ICC /Component Cities

Liloan, Ormoc City

  • 1st top 3rd Municipalities

Casaba-ahan, Gandara, Samar

  • 4th to 6th class Municipalities

Hingatungan, Silago, Southern Leyte

Barangay Hingatungan in the municipality of Silago was awarded First runner-up in the LTIA National Awards last December 2011 at Malacanang Palace, with no less than his excellency Pres. Benigno Aquino III and SILG Jesse Robredo in attendance.

The lupong tagapamayapa of Brgy. Hingatungan, Silago, Southern Leyte has won in the LTIA national awards in the past.


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  May 30, 2013


Four water projects in Leyte and Biliran under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) were recently inspected by the DILG Central Office. 


This was revealed by Regional Dir. Pedro A. Noval Jr.  who added that the team, composed of  personnel from the DILG Office of Project Development Service (OPDS) and DILG-8 Regional Office, visited the towns of Alang-alang, Calubian and Tolosa in Leyte and the municipality of Culaba in Biliran last May 22-24.


Dir. Noval  said the group looked into the financial and physical status of projects being implemented by beneficiary towns under the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) program to ensure that government money is spent for its intended purpose.  He added that inspections would be done in all other DILG projects to promote accountability.   

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 April 26, 2013



TACLOBAN CITY – The barangays of Tacloban City joined the whole nation in the Synchronized Barangay Assembly conducted for the 1st Semester of 2013 last March 30, 2013 pursuant to Section 397(b) of the Local Government Code of 1991, Proclamation No. 260, and DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-23.




As provided for by law and in the light of accountability and transparency, the barangays are expected to report its accomplishments to the constituents, present their financial report, and update them on current programs and projects implemented. It is also the duty of the barangay to provide the community an opportunity to discuss current pressing issues.


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 rssDILG-Tacloban City Readies for Document Tracking System


April 25, 2013


TACLOBAN CITY – As part of the City Director’s thrusts of improving and strengthening the communication system of DILG-Tacloban City, a Document Tracking System (DTS) has been installed last April 25, 2013.


The DTS, which has been operational at the regional level since its inception in 2006, provides real-time reception and transmission of documents in PDF format. It is a “software that was developed in-house by DILG Regional Office 8 to effectively track down incoming and outgoing communication and how it was responded to by concerned personnel and program managers.”

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April 25, 2013



TACLOBAN CITY - In connection with the upcoming May 13, 2013 national and local elections the City Government of Tacloban, through the young, proactive and visionary City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez, has already created its Local Governance Transition Team (LGTT) by virtue of Executive Order No. 13-03-0007 dated March 19, 2013.




The creation of the LGTT is in preparation for an effective turnover between the old and the new set of incoming local officials and to ensure continuity of local governance, which is pursuant to department issuances on Local Governance Transition, namely, DILG MC 2013-33, Regional MC 2013-01, and Regional MC 2013-33.


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March 11, 2013

 “Hiluta ang panagbangi sa barangay pinaagi sa mga pulong nga malumo.  Ang pagpakasala kalibutanon apan ang pagpasaylo langitnon.”  (Straighten out conflict in the barangay with soft words.  To err is human, to forgive divine.)
    This has been the guiding principle of the so-called Council of Elders or the Hingatungan Lupong Tagapamayapa (HILUTA), an all-senior citizen group of lupon members having their strong commitment and dedication to serve and help all the Hingatungganons resolve their conflicts amicably.  Indeed, wisdom comes with old age.

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