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DILG Calabarzon unveils 2 PCF-assisted projectsMarch 27, 2012

By Riel Uruquia Two newly constructed projects were recently unveiled by DILG Region IV-A (CALABARZON). The said projects were part of the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) – assisted projects which recognizes good governance performance particularly in the adoption of “good housekeeping” along the areas of governance and link with incentives and grants.

The recipient LGUs in Region IV-A are Mataasnakahoy in Batangas which received P1,000,000 PCF as counterpart to the municipality’s P200,000 budget and Pitogo in Quezon which also received P1,000,000 PCF as counterpart to the municipal government’s P500,000 budget allocation.

Thru the PCF the improvement and rehabilitation of the municipal rural health center in Mataasnakahoy was made possible. The same goes true for Pitogo wherein the construction of its farm to market road was given financial assistance thru the PCF. Mataasnakahoy, a 4th class municipality engaged mainly in agriculture and fishery was granted with the PCF for excelling in the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGHK) Management Area 1 (Good Planning) and Area 4 (Valuing Performance Information). It also posted a score of 3.5825 for Area 2 (Sound Fiscal Management), as well as a score of 4.75 for Area 3 (Transparency and Accountability). On the other hand, Pitogo, a 4th class municipality which is also engaged in fishery and agriculture obtained the PCF when it also excelled in the SGHK Area 1 (Good Planning), Area 3 (Transparency and Accountability, and Area 4 (Valuing Performance Information). It also posted a score of 4.0 for Area 2 (Sound Fiscal Management).

The PCF being an incentive fund of the DILG is a counterpart funding scheme to high-impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) and funded out of the 20% Local Development Fund consistent with national goals and priorities. It encourages the alignment of local development investments program with national development goals and priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It also boosts local economic development and complies with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and Climate Change Adaptation Act of 2009.

Thru the PCF, poor LGUs will be assisted in developing and implementing projects for local economic development and poverty reduction. With the PCF, LGUs will be stimulated to put premium on performance in order to avail themselves of financial support to jumpstart and sustain local development initiatives to address poverty in their respective AORs (Areas of Responsibilities). (Riel Uruquia, DILG4A/CPG, PIA4A)

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