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Ifugao towns qualify for Performance Challenge FundAugust 17, 2011

LAGAWE, Ifugao - Eight of the 11 towns stand to benefit from the P1 million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) this year as part of Department of the Interior and Local Government’s efforts to reward high performing local government units. Aileen Salvador of the DILG named these towns as Asipulo, Banaue, Hingyon, Kiangan, Lagawe, Lamut, Mayoyao and Tinoc. According to Salvador, the towns which qualified for the program are 4th-6th class municipalities. Alfonso Lista and Aguinaldo did not qualify since they belong to a higher class. Under the guidelines DILG released each eligible local government unit (LGU) must provide a counterpart fund equal to or greater than the PCF granted by government to be sourced from their 20 percent development fund or from other sources. The PCF is a financial incentive awarded to qualified LGUs to jumpstart local development initiatives aligned with the national government’s programs for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, tourism and local economic development, disaster risk reduction and management and solid waste management. Salvador further disclosed projects which may be financed by the PCF include school buildings, rural health units, water and sanitation system, local roads and bridges, slaughterhouses, flood control, reforestation, postharvest facilities, cold storage facilities, among others. To qualify for the PCF, Salvador said LGUs must pass the assessment on good housekeeping and eventually conferred with the Seal of Good Housekeeping in key governance areas of planning, fiscal management, transparency and accountability and valuing performance management. Upon conferment of the SGH, eligible LGUs must submit within 30 days a letter of intent along with other documentary requirements, including project proposal, a municipal council resolution allocating counterpart PCF funds, and certification from the budget officer on funds allocation, to their respective DILG regional offices, she explained. As soon as the project proposal is approved, the eligible LGU will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the DILG through the regional director and will be issued with a certificate of availability of funds. “We hope that through the PCF, we will be able to motivate LGUs to further enhance their local government systems and procedures and improve their services to their constituents,” Salvador said. Meanwhile, Lagawe Mayor Ceasario Cabbigat said winning for the second time shows the commitment of the LGU to abide with government’s program on Good Housekeeping which promotes the values of transparency, accountability and performance. He took the chance to thank the municipal employees for working together to achieve this award. “We should continue being united in our quest for development,” Cabbigat said. Last year, only the towns of Lagawe and Banaue qualified for the PCF in the region. (Vency D. Bulayungan) Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 17, 2011.

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