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DILG awards the Seal of Good Housekeeping/PCF of P3M to Ozamiz CityJune 6, 2012

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, June 6 (PIA) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) to the city government of Ozamiz.

Together with the award, Ozamiz will also be given P3 milion for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), which Mayor Nova Prioncess E. Parojinog-Echavez will receive in Cagayan de Oro City, later this month.

The DILG cited Ozamiz City for its excellent performance in local governance and for valuing performance management and other general impressions gathered like peace and order situation.

The mayor said the city government was able to follow the guidelines set by DILG, regarding the implementation of the open disclosure policy in tax collection and Sound Fiscal Management in the use of public funds, hence, the SGH Award.

The DILG also cited the LGU for championing transparency and accountability in its government transactions based on the merits of a sound fiscal management as it actively mobilized its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), as strictly required under RA 9184, the New Government Procurement Act, mandating public bidding for government projects.

In one of the PCF awardings in Malacaňang, President Benigno S. Aqino III cited the big role that LGUs play in reducing poverty, hunger and other social maladies, which is why the administration is bolstering the cooperation and partnership between local and national government agencies.

He said the PCF is not intended as competition among LGUs but to reward them for helping the government attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of reducing poverty and hunger and improving the opportunities for poor households to rise above their current conditions.

The president said the PCF is aimed at ensuring that LGUs will perform their governance mandates with full transparency and without violating any national government auditing regulations, in the process ensuring that all funds go only to where they were intended.

Following the guideline of the President, Mayor Echavez said the PCF of Php3.0 million will all be spent for the improvement of the infrastructure projects, mostly roads, especially in the rural areas.

This way, people in the remotest barangays will have better access to these projects and be able to improve their lives, the Mayor added. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)  

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