Tacloban’s Seal of Good Housekeeping
It is indeed worth telling, Tacloban City has the seal of good housekeeping, an indicator that aside from other aspects, it has sound fiscal management. The brouhaha regarding the loan is actually unfounded. It is not the first time that banks have trusted the paying capacity of Tacloban City, past loans that have been used to finance several infrastructures and development projects have been totally paid off.
The city government of Tacloban under the present watch is run like a corporation. When a business is known to succeed, efforts get underway for expansion, and it entails or necessitates advancing on its potential incomes. It is adhered to in financing various feasible urgent programs. Any management prerogative entails risks; going into loans to address urgent needs is a risk that is easily done by good businessmen.
True to its worth as one of the most competitive and fast emerging cities in the country as adjudged by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center in 2010, Tacloban today has continued to reap honors and recognitions. Recent among the awards reaped were the best local government unit; the seal of good housekeeping and the PNP Merit Award. These awards are indicator of how the city government of Tacloban is ran and led.
Among the highly urbanized cities in the country, Tacloban ranked number 7 among HUCs marked with the DILG seal. Local governments were assessed based on the ability for good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency, accountability and valuing of performance monitoring that includes also compliance to full disclosure policy and acceptable COA audit findings.
Such honors could only be welcomed with aplomb knowing full well that all the stakeholders and the people contributed to the success of their leader in pushing for change and transformation of a local government unit that started as a village, and then a chartered city before it reached its HUC status. Tacloban is the only LGU in the region which was conferred with the seal of good housekeeping during round one. It is a feat that must be seen by the opposition with openness and pride especially that even outsiders have noticed and taken part to recognize the city governance with honor.
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