• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Department of the Interior and Local Government conferred the 2022 Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) to the province of Negros Occidental and 28 other local government units, for their exemplary performances in financial administration, on February 7.
The GFH passers from Negros Occidental, aside from the provincial government of Negros Occidental and highly urbanized Bacolod City, are composed of the municipalities of EB Magalona, Binalbagan, Hinoba-an, Calatrava, Ilog, Candoni, Isabela, Cauayan, Manapla, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran, Murcia, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Salvador Benedicto, San Enrique and Toboso;
Along with the component cities of Victorias, Bago, Cadiz, Sagay, Himamaylan, San Carlos, Kabankalan, Silay, La Carlota, and Talisay.
To be awarded the GFH accolade, local government units (LGUs) must meet accounting and auditing standard regulations and pass an evaluation by the Commission on Audit (COA).
According to DILG, passing the GFH is a requirement for the Seal of Good Local Governance.
Originally the Seal of Good Housekeeping, launched in 2011 by the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, it aims to monitor and award LGUs with good performance in internal housekeeping specifically in the areas of local legislation, development planning, resource generation, and resource allocation.*