City government gets Seal of Good Housekeeping round 2 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 February 2013 10:42

The City Government has been awarded anew with the Seal of Good Housekeeping in the round 2 competition for calendar year 2011 with a corresponding prize of P3 million.

Mayor Celso Lobregat along with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilor Abdurahman Nuño and City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat received the check from the Department of Interior and Local Government headed by Regional Director Paizal Abutazil, City Director Mohammad Arakama and Jun Cillo after the signing of a memorandum of agreement during fitting ceremonies held in City Hall yesterday afternoon.

Last year, the City also received a cash prize of P2 million after passing the Seal of Good Housekeeping-Round 1 for CY 2011, initiated by the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo that covers governance areas of development planning, sound financial management, transparency and accountability and valuing performance monitoring.

The P2M then was used to purchase 60 computer units that were distributed to 12 elementary and secondary schools during ceremonies graced by the late Sec. Robredo on June 5, 2012 in City Hall.

Director Abutazil said the P3 million is taken from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), a flagship program of the DILG that serves as a facility to help stimulate LGUs that  put premium on transparency and accountability and to enable them to avail of financial support to jumpstart the sustained local socio-economic development initiatives, supportive of national government goals and priorities.

“It is an incentive fund for eligible LGUs to support in the implementation of high impact capital investment projects in the annual investment plan,” Director Abutazil stressed.

Lobregat expressed elation that the City is once again a recipient of the seal of good housekeeping testifying its support to the advocacy on transparency and accountability specifically on the city’s finances. — Sheila Covarrubias