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Robredo orders release of PCF for Kalinga LGUsFebruary 9, 2012

TABUK CITY, Kalinga, Feb. 9 (PIA) -- Local Government Units (LGU) awardee of the Performance-Based Challenge Fund (PCF) in the province will soon receive their cash rewards after Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo ordered its immediate release. DILG Kalinga Director Francisco Gamatero disclosed this saying that the Secretary in a meeting has assured the local chief executives that he will be giving advice for the immediate turn-over of the cash rewards. According to Gamatero, the PCF Certificates had already been awarded at the DILG Regional Office but without the corresponding monetary equivalent. Except for Lubuagan, all the other municipalities, Tabuk City and the provincial government are awardees of said performance development incentive, he said . Corresponding their category, Kalinga LGU will get P7 million, P3 million for Tabuk City while Balbalan, Pasil, Pinukpuk, Rizal, Tinglayan, Tanudan, and Rizal will get P1 million each. “Hopefully the fund would be released in time for the special awarding ceremony on February 10, during the opening program of the Ullalim Festival,” he said. Said LGUs he said were able to qualify for the PCF after passing the eligibility criteria which is the ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’ which he said “is the result of the LGU performance assessment on the tenets of good governance giving focus on sound fiscal management, transparency, participation and accountability.” This program of the DILG encourages the practice and value of ‘full disclosure’ among LGUs promoting honest and orderly management of public funds minimizing corruption and misuse of the people’s money. Under the Government Appropriations Act of 2011, the DILG has P500 million appropriations for the PCF to cover financial subsidy to qualified LGUs. The fund he said will be invested for priority projects geared towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals , maintain core road network to boost tourism and local economy, reduce poverty, or projects to comply with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, and the Solid Waste Management Act.

 

JDP/GGD- PIA CAR, Kalinga

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