BUTUAN CITY – Fifty-three villages in the Caraga Region have passed the 2021 Seal of Good Local Governance for Barangay (SGLGB), the regional office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-13) said Wednesday.

The SGLGB aims to encourage the barangays to scale up their performance and practices of good governance.

According to DILG-13 data, Surigao del Norte got the highest number of barangays that passed the SGLGB with 17, followed by Surigao del Sur with 13, and Agusan del Norte with 12.

DILG-13 also listed seven barangays from Agusan del Sur that made it to the list of passers, three in the Province of Dinagat Islands, and one from this city.

In a statement Wednesday, the local government unit (LGU) of Claver in Surigao del Norte lauded village officials who worked hard that made their barangays land in last year’s SGLGB.

Five barangays in Claver -- Patanao, Taganito, Tayaga, Hayanggabon, and Cagdianao – were counted as SGLGB passers last year.

“Hats off to the punong barangays, kagawads, secretaries and other barangay workers who made these accomplishments possible,” the LGU Claver said.

The LGU of Loreto in Dinagat Islands also commended the local officials of Barangay Carmen for their inclusion in the 2021 SGLGB.

The village of Carmen, together with Montag and Poblacion in the towns of Basilisa and San Jose, respectively,  are the three SGLGB barangay passers in the Dinagat Islands.

Raising the performance of barangays in the country, as envisioned under the SGLGB, is based on the principles of accountability, transparency, performance, and effectiveness, according to the DILG. (PNA)