Tabuk City, Kalinga – All the seven towns of Kalinga, including the province itself, passed the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) standards for Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) in 2022, according to the official report recently released by the agency.
The GFH is one of the 10 area assessments for LGUs before they can be awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance. It recognizes the LGUs for their performance in upholding the practice of fiscal discipline and sustainability, transparency, and accountability in the use of public funds.
To be awarded the GFH accolade, the government units must have their most recent available Commission on Audit (COA) audit opinion labeled as unqualified or qualified for 2020 or 2021, as of Nov. 4, 2022.
Also, LGUs must be compliant with the Full Disclosure Policy - posting of financial documents in 3 conspicuous places and in the FDP Portal for 2021 - 2nd to 4th quarter, and 2022 - 1st quarter posting period documents.
Data sources, the department said, are COA uploaded audit report, and FDP Compliance - PCMD-BLGS and DILG Regional FDP Compliance Report.
Good Financial Housekeeping 2022 Passers in Cordillera
All the Cordillera region’s six provinces – Kalinga, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, and Mt. Province passed the good financial housekeeping audit, including the cities of Baguio and Tabuk.
All seven municipalities each of Apayao and Kalinga, 11 in Ifugao, and 10 in Mountain Province also passed.
Kalinga’s seven towns are Balbalan, Lubuagan, Pasil, Pinukpuk, Rizal, Tanudan, and Tinglayan while Apayao municipalities are Calanasan, Conner, Flora, Kabugao, Luna, Pudtol, and Sta. Marcela.
Towns in Mt. Province are Barlig, Bauko, Besao, Bontoc, Natonin, Paracelis, Sabangan, Sadanga, Sagada, and Tadian while those in Ifugao include Aguinaldo, Alfonso Lista, Asipulo, Banaue, Hingyon, Hungduan, Kiangan, Lagawe, Lamut, Mayoyao, and Tinoc.
In Abra, at least 13 out of its 27 municipalities passed the review namely, Bangued, Bucay, Danglas, Dolores, La Paz, Lagangilang, Luba, Manabo, Pilar, San Juan, Tayum, Tineg, and Tubo.
In the said report, 83 percent of the LGUs have passed in the region, 2 percent lower than the 85 percent national average.
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