By NITZ ARANCON
CITY hall and the capitol failed to qualify to receive the “Seal of Good Governance” of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) because the heads of their disaster risk reduction management groups are unqualified.
Officials said Nick Jabagat and Fernando Vincent Dy, heads of Cagayan de Oro’s and Misamis Oriental’s disaster risk reduction management offices, respectively, did not pass the standards the government set.
City administrator Teodoro Sabuga-a confirmed that as far as the DILG is concerned, Jabagat doesn’t qualify.
Sabuga-a said he hoped the DILG would assess local governments based on the performance rather than on compliance to requirements.
“Ang usa sa mga criteria SGLG mao ang compliance, wala ang performance,” Sabuga-a said.
He said city hall’s failure to bag the much coveted DILG “seal” does not mean that the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department is not functioning well.
“Maayo man ang performance sa CDRRMD pero wala na man kini ilakip nga criteria sa DILG kay ang ilang gitan-aw ang non-compliance ra man, mao nang wala kita makakuha sa maong award,” Sabuga-a said.
Misamis Oriental Vice Gov. Jeremy Jonahmar Pelaez gave a similar explanation for the capitol’s failure to received the DILG award.
Pelaez said Dy, the chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, did not pass the Civil Service Commission (CSC) standards. He said the CSC even disapproved the appointment of Dy.
“The appointment of a qualified PDRRMO chief is a component of good governance,” Pelaez said.
The failure of city hall and the capitol to win the DILG “seal” this year would prove to be costly.
The capitol alone, according to Pelaez, lost an opportunity to benefit from a national government aid of at least P200 million under the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP).