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Making Sense of the Seal of Good Local Governance: Policy Design Layering and Implications for Shaping Local Government Performance


The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) is pivotal in assessing Philippine local governance. However, concerns over its effectiveness arise from evolving criteria and declining passing rates since its inception. This paper employs an abductive research approach to investigate the SGLG’s “policy layering,” where new goals are integrated alongside existing ones. It examines nearly a decade of SGLG policy evolution amid national priority shifts, policy changes, and evolving performance metrics. Key learning assumptions—learning over time and compliance-based learning—are explored, highlighting associated challenges. While initially not a comprehensive performance management tool, the SGLG adapts iteratively to meet higher governance standards. This paper recommends addressing resource challenges for LGUs, strategically timing SGLG updates, and decentralizing evaluation processes to enhance problem-solving and innovation for nonpassing LGUs, bolstering its role in advancing local governance nationwide. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.62986/pjd2024.48.1d 


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