Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. received P10 million from the Department of Interior and Local Government yesterday for two awards won by the Negros Occidental provincial government.
At rites at the Governor’s Office in Bacolod City, DILG Provincial Director Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag turned over the P10 million check to the governor, with the P7 million for the province’s Seal of Good Housekeeping award and P3 million for its Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award, a Capitol press release said.
Madayag said the Seal of Good Housekeeping was given to the provincial government for having complied with the full disclosure policy and obtaining a Commission on Audit opinion confirming the practice of transparency and accountability, which indicates that it has no disclaimer or adverse COA opinion.
The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award is for the province’s excellence in areas of governance such as administrative, social and economic services, and environmental management, among others, she said.
The provincial government was awarded as the regional winner and automatically elevated to nominee for the National Gawad Pamana ng Lahi for Excellence in Local Governance, she added.
The cash prize will be used by the provincial government for the construction of the Rice Processing Plant in Bago City in line with the governor’s Negros First Development Agenda, the press release said.*