NegOcc named best performing province in Western Visayas


Negros Occidental has been recognized as the Best Performing Province in Western Visayas by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

DILG conferred the award to the province during the recent 2018 Search for Excellence in Local Governance (Excell) Awards rites held at Diversion 21 Hotel in Iloilo City.

Provincial Planning and Development Officer Lina Sanogal said the award was a “nice welcome” following the reintegration of Negros Occidental into Region 6 last year.

“We skipped the Excell Awards in the two years we were under the Negros Island Region. Before that, we have already been elevated to the Hall of Fame as Best Performing Province,” Sanogal said.

Capiz and Antique won first and second runner-up, respectively in the Best Performing Province category.

Negros Occidental was also cited as the champion in Excellence in Economic Governance and Excellence in Environmental Governance and second runner-up in Excellence in Local Legislation.

Sanogal was joined by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. in receiving the award.

The Excell Awards recognizes local government units and personnel in the region that shows best practices in Administrative Governance, Social Governance, Economic Governance, Environmental Governance, and Local Legislation.