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Pampanga towns get P4M fundJune 8, 2012

CLARK FREEPORT -- Four towns in Pampanga received P1 million each from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) after being awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), qualifying them for the fund subsidy.

The municipalities of Porac, Lubao, Floridablanca and San Luis were the latest awardees of the PCF, after being awarded under the SGH.

The SGH award recognizes fourth to sixth class local government units (LGUs) with good performance in internal housekeeping, especially on sound fiscal management, transparency, accountability, and performance management.

Accepting their checks from Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jessie Robredo were Porac Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz, Floridablanca Mayor Eduardo Guerrero, and San Luis Mayor Venancio Macapagal.

DILG Regional Director Florida Dijan said these towns qualify for the PCF. The PCF is a subsidy these LGUs could use to finance economic development projects in their areas.

Porac Mayor Dela Cruz said the funds will greatly help in financing programs of various barangays in his town, which is now gearing up for more livelihood and development programs.

He said the fund will also go to other infrastructure projects for local facilities in his town.

“This fund inspires to set our priorities in line with those of the National Government. The DILG can be assured that we will use the funds wisely,” Dela Cruz said.

Meanwhile, Floridablanca Mayor Guerrero said the funds will be used for health and education-related infrastructures for his town, among others. 

He said part of the fund will also be aligned for development projects to be identified by local officials.

“The PCF is a good program to make local government units more attentive for the need to set their priorities directly for the benefit of the people. This is also a sort of a wakeup call for local government units to do their jobs well,” Guerrero said.

The PCF is an incentive fund to LGUs in the form of counterpart funding to high-impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program and funded the 20 percent Development Fund consistent with national priorities.

It is open to all provinces, cities and municipalities awarded with the Seal of Good Housekeeping provided that the LGU shall allocate a counterpart fund to implement capital investment projects aligned with the national development agenda and priorities.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 08, 2012.  

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