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14 Abra LGUs to get P1-M each from DILGJune 6, 2012

By Maritess B. Beñas 

BANGUED, Abra, June 6 (PIA) -- Fourteen municipal government units will each receive P1 million from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the Department of Interior and Local Government's (DILG).

This was announced by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, during a consultation-dialogue with the local chief executives and members of civil society organizations in the province last week.

These batch of PCF awardees were local government units in 4th class municipalities that received the Seal of Good Housekeeping, during the third round of search for awardees. These are Bangued, Bucloc, Danglas, Lacub, Langiden, La Paz, Licuan-Baay, Luba, Malibcong, Manabo, Penarrubia, Sallapadan, and San Quintin.

According to DILG, the Seal of Good Housekeeping for LGUs is in line with the Agency’s commitment to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation, and performance into an institutionalized status. LGUs that pass the Seal of Good Housekeeping are qualified for the PCF.

During the first round of the search, four Abra LGUs were awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping, namely San Juan, Pilar, Lagangilang and Tubo. Each of them was likewise given P1 million. There was no qualifier in the province during the second round of the search.

Robredo visited Abra the second time to witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the local chief executives, the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG), and the DILG for their continued partnership in the implementation of the Participatory Governance, Local Government Performance Management System and Seal of Good Housekeeping.

During said occasion, eight mayors signed the MOU with the CCAGG, as representatives of the civil society organizations in Abra. They are Mayor Ryan S. Luna of Bangued, Mayor Victorino B. Baroña, Jr. of Bucay, and Mayor Geraldine M. Balbuena of Peñarrrubia, Mayor Noel Castillo of Langiden, Mayor Patrocinio Abaya of Lagangilang, Mayor Jaja Disono of Pilar, Mayor Marco Bautista of San Juan, and Mayor Wilma Gattud of Tubo.

The project aims to further enhance governance and promote transparency and accountability in local government operations. Thru the project, the LGUs will be open for monitoring by the CCAGG on the utilization and management of their local revenues to ensure that all LGU funds are used for the development of the LGU as well as their constituents particularly the implementation of projects that truly respond to the needs and problems of their communities.

The MOU signing was witnessed by Secretary Robredo himself, Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin, and the Bishop Leopoldo C. Jaucian of the Diocese.

Robredo also dialogued with the local chief executives led by Bersamin, as well as with constituents.

Among the issues and concerns raised for the Secretary’s attention include those on private armed groups; jueteng; police visibility; riding in tandem crimes; lifestyle check; the use/posting of project billboards despite President Aquino’s directive to refrain from the use of these except to identify the name of the project, location, contractor, date started and expected date of completion; the use of government properties for official use only; and the highly politicized barangay councils and Sangguniang Kabataan. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR,Abra)



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