ILOILO CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA6) — Some 3,000 senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Concepcion town benefitted from an infrastructure project established under the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a media interview, Concepcion municipal mayor Millard Villanueva said that the P3-million building situated at Brgy. Poblacion, and was completed just this year, aims to improve the engagement of senior citizens and PWDs in local governance.

“They are sectors of society which contributed a lot to the local development and have been actively participating in the municipal planning and in the implementation of programs and projects,” he said.

He said that the local government decided the construction of the edifice to provide proper offices for these sectoral groups and for them to have a venue for the conduct of their activities.

“This is also in recognition of our national thrust of exclusive growth for everybody,” he said.

Villanueva added that the partners of the LGU in implementing this project include the Barangay Council of Brgy. Poblacion in Concepcion, Concepcion CSO for Rural Development (CONCORD), Federation of Senior Citizens Associations, and Association of Persons with Disabilities (APWD).

Further, he added that the project also targets to increase the management competency of the officers and members of the target organizations and promote organization development and continuous advocacy of LGU programs, projects, and activities.

Meanwhile, DILG-6 Regional Director Anthony Nuyda said that the PCF is an incentive to LGUs in the form of financial grant for local development projects.

The PCF shall be awarded to LGUs that passed the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).

The PCF aims to recognize good governance performance particularly in the areas of transparency, accountability, participation, and service delivery.

This fund is utilized for the implementation of priority projects of LGUs which support the implementation of projects classified under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and now being referred to as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)