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DILG issues PCF guidelinesJanuary 8, 2014

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued to local government units (LGUs) the guidelines on the implementation of the 2013 Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

The PCF is a performance-based program of the DILG that seeks to rationalize national government intergovernmental transfers to LGUs, and encourages convergence of local development initiatives with national development agenda and priorities. It is an incentive to an eligible LGU in the form of a counterpart fund to finance high-impact local development projects identified as priority by the LGU.

The DILG has reminded LGUs that they should use the PCF to support the advocacy of the government in improving over-all LGU performance in governance and delivery of basic services.

Not only that, but they should expand opportunities to accelerate local inclusive development, which would give their constituents access to education, health care, and livelihood.

The complete guidelines were thoroughly discussed in DILG Memorandum Circular 2013-148.

Eligible projects for the PCF subsidy are those consistent with the provisions of the General Appropriations Act of 2013.

These include the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, maintenance of core road network to boost tourism and local economic development, disaster risk reduction and management, and ecological solid waste management.

The DILG has recommended projects which include school buildings, school laboratories, birthing facilities, water and sanitation, tourism facility, public market, transport terminal, evacuation facility, sanitary landfills, flood control, and others.

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has instructed DILG Field Offices to conduct a documentation of all completed LGU PCF-assisted projects within their areas of responsibility, after which they should submit it to the Regional Information Officer for review and finalization and for the submission to the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) and the Public Affairs and Communication Services (PACS), Central Office.

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