The local government of Ozamiz recently won the annual Gawad Pamana ng Lahi for a component city in northern Mindanao.
Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez received the award in formal ceremonies during the Regional Governance Forum in Cagayan de Oro City last October 18, 2012.
During the ceremonies, Parojinog-Echavez also formally received the two million-peso financial subsidy for a locally identified project. The subsidy comes with the award.
“The regional award is an important milestone in the local government’s quest for far greater performance which Ozamiznons greatly deserve,” said Parojinog-Echavez.
In the regional tilt, Ozamiz City bested six other component cities in northern Mindanao. It was closely contending with Gingoog City.
A program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi is conferred on provinces, cities and municipalities “that have exhibited exemplary performance in administrative, social, economic and environmental governance.”
The database of the online Local Government Performance Management System (LGPMS) is the principal source of information in evaluating award contenders.
Additional considerations include records in garnering a Seal of Good Housekeeping, awards bestowed by international organizations and national government agencies, and acknowledged innovations.
The award is held annually at the regional level while the national tilt is held every three years.
To qualify for the regional award, a local government should have an LGPMS overall performance index score of 4.00 and should have garnered a Seal of Good Housekeeping in the Silver Category.
A regional awardee may qualify for the national award if its average LGPMS overall performance index is 4.31, has garnered three Seals of Good Housekeeping in the Silver Category, and bagged any national award for governance.