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Iloilo province gets fund for good governanceFebruary 25, 2013

By Jaime S. Cabag, Jr.

ILOILO CITY, Feb 25 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has turned over the P7-million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to Iloilo province for winning the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH). 

DILG Provincial Director Rosario Maza turned over the money to Gov. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. during a ceremony today in time with the province's commemoration of the 27th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the Provincial Capitol. 

Maza said the PCF can be accessed by a SGH awardee as an incentive in recognition of its exemplary good governance performance in the areas of transparency and accountability and planning and fiscal management and is linked with incentives and grants. 

It is in line with President Aquino’s campaign on anti-corruption and DILG’s “Tapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad”, added Maza. 

It encourages convergence of local development projects with the priority programs of the national government towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to boost tourism and local development, and in compliance with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and Climate Change Adaptation Act of 2009. 

It is also in line with the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016 which puts premium on the promotion of effective and honest governance to create an enabling environment for citizens and the private sector to reach their full potentials. 

The province won the Seal of Good Housekeeping in 2011 for its excellent performance in key governance areas of planning, fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing performance monitoring. 

The commemorative event for the EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary initiated by the provincial government started with a flag raising ceremony and releasing of yellow-colored balloons at the capitol grounds. 

It was attended by provincial government officials and employees and their guest counterparts from various national government agencies who have been invited by Governor Defensor to join the commemorative event. Among the agencies which joined were the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, DILG, Civil Service Commission and the Philippine Information Agency. (JCM/JSC-PIA6)



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