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North Cotabato gets P7-M reward for good governanceFebruary 18, 2013

 

By Danilo E. Doguiles

 
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb. 18 (PIA) -- The provincial government of North Cotabatowill will receive P7 million from the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a reward for its accomplishments in good governance. 

The award comes from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) given by the DILG to the LGU for passing the evaluation under the DILG’s 2nd Round Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) said the office of Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza in a statemet. 

PCF is a financial incentive intended to jumpstart and sustain local socio-economic development projects aligned with the national development goals and objectives, particularly those geared toward the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in local economic development, tourism, disaster risk reduction management and solid waste management. 

For an LGU to qualify and avail of the PCF, it should first pass the department’s assessment on good governance and be conferred with the Seal of Good Housekeeping based on key governance areas, namely: transparency, accountability, planning, and valuing performance monitoring. 

According to guidelines on the PCF, said fund can be used to subsidize local development projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) and funded out of the 20 percent Local Development Fund (LDF). 

Gov. Mendoza said the provincial government is now preparing proposals and pertinent documents for projects where the P7 million PCF could be allotted for. She expects these to be submitted to the DILG soon. 

In October 2011, North Cotabato was conferred with the SGH. For such accomplishment the LGU received an incentive of P3 million under the DILG-Gawad Pamana ng Lahi program. 

Gov. Mendoza has earmarked the P3- million award for the establishment of the Cotabato Children’s Crisis Center. (DED-PIA 12/ MDD-IDCD-PGO-North Cotabato)

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