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For the first time, Roxas City bags best performing LGU from EXCELL Awards

The Roxas City government under Mayor Angel Alan B. Celino was declared Best Performing Local Government Unit (LGU)in Western Visayas in the EXCELL Awards of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Roxas City was also champion in Excellence in Social Governance and Excellence in Economic Governance. It got two first runners up awards: Excellence in Environmental Governance and Excellence in Administrative Governance.

The city failed to get the top award in environment since its sanitary landfill in Barangay San Jose has yet to be operational. By next year, it hopes to finish the landfill to address the garbage problem.

Likewise, the City did not fare well in administrative governance because of the conflict between the executive and the legislative branches.

In an interview, Mayor Celino said the EXCELL award would serve as a challenge for him to maintain the gains made by the City in the area of governance.

The annual awarding of the Search for Excellence in Local Governance otherwise known as the EXCELL Awards was held Dec. 17, 2015 at the Grand Hotel in Iloilo City

The EXCELL Awards is a continuing project of DILG Region 6 which recognizes the best managed local governments in the region that demonstrate best practices, achievements and innovations in governance, administration, social services, economic development, environmental management and local legislation.

The program also aims to advocate for transparency and accountability in governance, positively reinforce good performers, popularize replicable best practices and identify possible interventions to improve the LGU performance.

Source: Gerry T. Pagharion