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Seal of Good Local Governance

The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) puts primacy to integrity and good performance as pillars of meaningful local autonomy and development. It is a progressive assessment system that gives distinction to remarkable local government performance across several areas.

As part of the whole-of-government commitment in bringing about meaningful and lasting reforms, the SGLG’s predecessor — the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), was introduced in 2010. It was one of the earliest efforts to initiate results-based performance management in the country. In 2014, it evolved into the SGLG which now includes key governance areas.

The SGLG Act features four components: (i) expansion of assessment criteria from seven to ten; (ii) creation of the Council of Good Local Governance; (iii) provision of the SGLG Incentive Fund; and (iv) development of more responsive capacity building intervention packages, which are likewise gradually integrated in this year’s implementation cycle.