For passing the 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), the cities of Pasay and San Juan were awarded with the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

          The SGLG is the most prestigious award given by the Department to LGUs that exhibited exemplary and innovative local governance practices. Created in 2014, it aims to inculcate good local governance among LGUs and give recognition for those which consistently strive to upscale services extended to their constituents.

          PCF on the other hand, is an incentive given to SGLG awardees to support LGU-initiated development projects, and encourage the convergence of local development initiatives with national development agenda and priorities.

          For the 2016 SGLG, together with the cities of Caloocan, Mandaluyong and Pasig, the two LGUs successfully fulfilled the SGLG’s stringent criteria, by passing all of its core and essential areas of assessment, making them eligible for PCF. Each city received the amount of P3.4 million.

          DILG-NCR Assistant Regional Director Juan Jovian Ingeniero, City Director Gloria Aguhar and Local Capability Development Division (LGCDD) Division Chief Helen Verzosa awarded the PCF check to Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto and City Administrator Atty. Dennis Bernard Acorda last January 23.

          The PCF awarded to Pasay City will be used in enhancing the facilities of the Social Development Center (SDC), an LGU-run child care facility which was razed by fire in 2012. Through the fund, the SDC will be able to return to its full capacity and provide shelter to children in need of protection. Mayor Calixto expressed his gratitude to the DILG for coming up with programs like the PCF, as it will help in making Pasay a child-friendly city.

          As for San Juan, the PCF check was turned over during the City’s flag raising ceremony last January 30. Assistant Regional Director Ingeniero, assisted by San Juan OIC City Director Visitacion Martinez gave the PCF check to San Juan City Mayor Guia Gomez and members of the City Council.

          Mayor Gomez extended her gratitude to the DILG for the subsidy. She added that they will be using the fund for the Establishment of Bahay Pag-asa / Half-Way House (Drop-In Center). The Center will provide protection, care and rehabilitation to Children in Conflict with the Law in a home-like environment with an end view of reintegrating them to their respective families and communities.

Article by: Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio, DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga