By Carina L Cayon
DAVAO CITY, June 22 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has allotted P47 million for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) in Region XI. The said fund serves as incentive for good governance-compliant local government units (LGUs).
For this year’s PCF release, priorities are the LGUs belonging to the 1st-3rd income class municipalities and cities.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said, “In this region, I am so pleased to announce that all local government units passed the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH). Because without the SGH, there will never be PCF.”
“Meaning, to be able to qualify and avail of the PCF funds, LCEs must comply with the government’s full disclosure policy on the use of public funds, exemplary governance and delivery of basic services,” Robredo explained.
The SGH for LGUs is in line with the Department’s commitment to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of good, accountable, participatory and transparent governance; commitment to public interest; and development.
Regional Director Francisco C. Jose said that SGH-compliant and PCF recipient LGUs may use the fund to jumpstart local development initiatives that are aligned with the national government’s program for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals such as on tourism and economic development, disaster risk reduction and management and solid waste management.
The PCF may also be used to finance projects such as school buildings, rural health units, water and sanitation system, local roads and bridges, slaughterhouses, flood control, reforestation, postharvest facilities, cold storage facilities and other programs and projects that would enhance local government services.
More importantly, the PCF is not intended as competition among LGUs but to reward them for helping the government attain the MDG of reducing poverty and improving the opportunities for poor households to rise above their current conditions.
Congress earlier allotted some P500 million for the DILG’s PCF funds for the various SGH-compliant LGUs nationwide, giving out P1 to P7 million each to qualified recipients.
Robredo said DILG also intends to set aside funds for those LGUs who will be awarded with the Seal of Disaster Preparedness (SDP).
“Through the SDP program, we will not only provide incentives to LGUs that fared well on disaster preparedness, we will also be able to assess performance gaps, provide policy or program intervention based on the identified gaps, and monitor performance progress,” Robredo explained. (DILG-11/Mika-Chan S. Magtulis)