By Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, June 26 (PIA) -- A total of 28 local government units in the Caraga Region received today the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) from Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo during the conduct of the region-wide Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness.
In the provincial level, the Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte qualified for the Seal of Good Housekeeping and received the PCF amounting to P7 million each.
Also, five local government units (LGU) from the city level, Cabadbaran, Tandag, Surigao, Bislig, and Bayugan, qualified and received P3 million each.
Meanwhile, 21 municipalities also received funds amounting to P1 million each. These are Buenavista, Las Nieves, and Nasipit in Agusan del Norte; Bunawan, Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, Prosperidad, Rosario, San Francisco, San Luis, Sibagat, Talacogon, Trento, and Veruela in Agusan del Sur; Cantilan, Hinatuan, San Miguel, Tagbina, and Tago in Surigao del Sur; and Claver in Surigao del Norte.
The fourth to sixth class municipalities in Surigao del Sur received same fund from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) last December 2011. The city of Butuan, on the other hand, also got same incentive fund late last year.
According to DILG-Caraga information officer Florian Faith Bayawa, the PCF is an incentive fund to LGUs in the form of counterpart funding to high impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) and funded out of the 20 percent Local Development Fund consistent with national goals and priorities.
Bayawa further said the fund prioritizes low-income LGUs and those with high poverty incidence.
The municipalities of Talacogon, Trento and Veruela in Agusan del Sur have also received the Salintubig project from Robredo while the barangays of Bugsukan and Buntalid in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur; Barangay Remedios in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur; and barangay Sta. Cruz and Mabini in Tubajon, Surigao del Norte, also received the project.
The Salintubig is one of the flagship program of the Aquino administration in line with the commitment of the national government to achieve the targets set in the Philippine Development Plan as well as the Millennium Development Goals to provide people access to water supply and sanitation in areas of the country where water is not accessible. (RER – PIA Caraga)