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DILG awards P48M to 36 LGUs in Region 12 for good governanceNovember 30, -0001

By Catherine T. Apelacio 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded P48 million to 36 local government units (LGU) for good governance.

Secretary Jesse Robredo said the Performance Challenge Fund is a grant given to LGUs in recognition of their commendable performance in running and managing their respective governance affairs. The said LGUs are also recipients of the department's Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH). The seal was designed to measure the level of performance of LGUs in good governance.

Robredo was here to hand out the cash award. “Panahon na upang yung sumusunod bigyan ng gantimpala at ang di sumunod paparusahan natin. (It is time that those who practice good governance are rewarded, and those who do not are punished.)”

The seal is a requirement in accessing the PCF which the local governments can use to finance development projects that will help attain the country’s commitment to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), tourism development, disaster risk reduction and management, solid waste and other local development initiatives.

Robredo said that since governance management is not the same among LGUs, the seal will determine the “power and financial allocation” to be granted to a local government.

“Hindi lahat ng mahusay na pamamahala ay matino at ang malungkot di lahat ng matino ay mahusay dapat pareho maayos at matino na pamamahala,” he told some 800 participants composed of local government chief executives and other officials during the DILG’s “Magtapatan Tayo: Handa na ba Kayo?”caravan on Saturday (June 30) at the Family Country Hotel here.

(Governance may be efficient only, but not upright. Sadly, it can be upright but not efficient. In good governance, both elements should be present.)

Of the 36 high-performing LGUs, 32 were municipalities that received P1 million each; three cities -- Kidapawan, Koronadal and Cotabato -- with P3 million each; and the only province, Sarangani with P7 million.

Sarangani Governor Migs Dominguez received the check and thanked the DILG for the incentive to LGUs.

Meanwhile, Sec. Robredo also awarded the municipalities of Alabel, Glan, and Maitum, Sarangani P1 million each as their PCF for having also earned the seal.

The other recipients were the municipalities of Alamada, Aleosan, Antipas, Arakan, Carmen, Kabacan, Libungan, Magpet, Makilala, Matalam, Midsayap, M’lang, Pigcawayan, Pikit, President Roxas, and Tulunan in North Cotabato; Banga, Lake Sebu, Norala, Sto. Nino, Surallah, Tampakan, Tantangan, Tboli and Tupi in South Cotabato, and the towns of Bagumbayan, Isulan, Kalamansig, and Lebak in Sultan Kudarat.

To qualify for the PCF, an LGU should first pass the assessment and evaluation on good housekeeping that zeroes in the areas of good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing of performance monitoring.

Dominguez said the province’s laudable performance on internal housekeeping for good governance, transparency, and accountability enabled it to bag the seal of good housekeeping award.

The cash incentive, he said will be used to fund programs and projects that will help scale up indicators for MDGs and other vital development infrastructure projects under PCF guidelines.

The seal of good housekeeping was launched in March, 2011 and has since expanded to cover “all 4th to 5th class cities and 4th to 6th class municipalities” nationwide. (CT Apelacio/PIA-12 General Santos City)
 

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