In line with the long-term goal of setting ever higher standards for public governance in the country, the Islands of Good Governance (IGG) recognizes public sector institutions based on the following criteria:
which refers to the institution-wide use of effective governance mechanisms to consistently achieve breakthroughs
which shows how institution-wide reforms have led to the improvement of lives through better public service delivery or new economic growth initiatives
These are independently verified by global experts through audit and public revalida.
IGG is the official recognition program for milestone achievements in the use of PGS. It honors public sector institutions as exemplars of reform and beacons of hope, lighting the way for many others to follow.
Its launch in 2015 led to further recognition in the Philippines-hosted Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, where the transformation stories of 12 inaugural awardees were presented before international government, business, and media leaders.