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DILG distributes P84-M PCF checks and releases P7.6-M PAMANA fund for Bicol RegionMay 26, 2014

Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas today started distributing checks to local government units (LGUs) that qualified last year to receive the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) in Region 5 (Bicol Region).

The first batch of the PCF checks were handed over by Roxas to local chief executives of Bicol during simple rites held at the Provincial Capitol in Legazpi City, Albay.

Aside from handing over the PCF checks and visiting some of the completed and on-going projects funded by the National Government through the DILG, Roxas who is also the vice chairman for preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) is scheduled to meet with members of the Provincial DRRMC led by Albay Governor Joey Salceda to discuss preparations for the on-set of the typhoon season.

The PCF funds for Region 5 are intended for various development projects outlined under the PCF program that include disaster risk reduction.

“Ang pondo na iyan ay inilaan para sa kapakinabangan ng mamamayan.  Inaasahan ko na sa loob ng takdang panahon, ang bawat syudad at munisipalidad ay magpapakitang gilas sa larangan ng lokal na pamamahala para lahat ay magkaroon ng suporta sa ilalim ng programang ito,” Roxas said.

He urged local chief executives to aim for the Seal of  Good Local Governance (SGLG) which will entitle them to incentive funds.

A total of P15 million has been allocated for various projects of three cities and six municipalities that qualified for the incentive fund.  These LGUs are Tabaco City, Legazpi City and Ligao City which received P3 million each, and the towns of Bacay, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot, Malinao, Jovellar, and Manito, which received P1 million each.

The DILG chief will also distribute during his two-day visit the PCF funds to LGUs for the provinces of Camarines Norte (P16 million), Camarines Sur (P14 million), Catanduanes (P15 million), Masbate (P8 million), and Sorsogon (P16 million).

In Camarines Sur, those that will receive the incentive funds are Naga City and Iriga City and the towns of Del Gallego, Bombon, Canaman, Gainza, Magarao, Milaor, Baao, and Tigaon.

In Catanduanes, those that are entitled to the incentive fund include the towns of Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Gigmoto, Pandan, Panganiban, San Andres and San Miguel.  In addition to the P1 million PCF funds these eight municipalities will get, the Provincial Government will also receive P7 million under the program.

For Masbate, the beneficiaries are Masbate city and the towns of Monreal, Baleno, Mobo, Palanas and Dimasalang.

On the other hand, nine LGUs are entitled to the PCF funds in Sorsogon.  These are Casiguran, Castilla, Donsol, Irosin, Juban, Gubat, Matnog, Prieto Diaz, and Sta. Magdalena.  The Provincial Government of Soroson also qualified to receive incentive fund.

Meanwhile, Roxas also released checks worth P7.6 million representing the second portion of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or PAMANA funds for selected LGUs in Masbate and Sorsogon provinces.  These are San Pascual in Masbate and the towns of Casiguran, Irosin, Juban, Prieto Diaz and the Provincial Government.  Most of the projects under Pamana for the two provinces are for road construction and rehabilitation.

The PCF is a facility envisioned to help stimulate local governments to put premium on transparency and accountability to enable them to avail themselves of financial support to jumpstart and sustain local socio-economic development initiatives supportive of national government goals and priorities.

Pamana, meanwhile, is the national government’s flagship program to respond and strengthen peace-building, reconstruction and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs) in selected regions in the country.



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