DILG turns over P3M for City’s Seal of Good Housekeeping PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:10

by Sheila Covarrubias

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday formally turned over to Mayor Beng Climaco the city’s P3million subsidy from the Performance Challenge Fund as part of the incentive for the local government being a recipient of the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping for 2014.

The turnover was done during the special flag raising ceremony in front of City Hall Monday, marking the second year since the end of the 2013 siege with City DILG Director Atty. Mohammad Taha Arakama handing over the symbolic cheque as well as the real check to Mayor Climaco and City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat.

The PCF for LGUs is an in incentive fund in the form of counterpart funding to high-impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP) and funded out of the 20% Local Development Fund . It is being administered by the DILG in collaboration with the Department of Budget and Management to recognize good governance particularly in the adoption of “good housekeeping” along the governance areas development planning, sound financial management, transparency and accountability and valuing performance monitoring.

The City government of Zamboanga has passed the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping and the 2014 Good Financial Housekeeping and is awarded the P3M PCF incentive. The subsidy will be used to fund modular-type projects in the 2015 AIP that is to  be completed within one year from the date of receipt of the PCF check.

Meanwhile, Engr. Sicat said the  city government has proposed the construction of a day care center each at barangays Tumaga and San Roque with tables and chairs and other instructional facilities/materials. The LGU  counterpart will be the day care workers’ honorarium year round.

The proposed construction of day care centers is in line with the City’s priority thrust on Security, Health and Education (SHE). Education has been a particular  area of focus as it addresses and delivers lasting impact on the local economy, health, peace  and security. Early Childhood Care and Development has been identified by the UNICEF as an important channel in achieving sustainable education. Given the pivotal role of ECCD in achieving universal primary education which commiserates the K to 12  program of the national government, it is necessary to shore up investments in ECCD infrastructure.  — Sheila Covarrubias