Dipolog to receive P3M from DILG PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 14:12

DIPOLOG CITY – The city government here is expected to receive P3 million this year from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

This incentive, which is funded under the 20% Local Development Fund (LDF), is given to the local government unit (LGU) through a counterpart funding scheme in the implementation of projects under the Annual Investment Program (AIP).

PCF is given to all provinces, cities and municipalities awarded with the Seal of Good Housekeeping on condition that the LGU shall allocate counterpart fund to implement capital investment projects aligned with the national development agenda and priorities.

Projects to be funded by PCF include improvement of social services like school buildings, hospital and health centers, housing and settlements;  public infrastructure such as local roads and bridges, railways, ports and wharves;  economic services like tourism facilities, irrigation systems, postharvest facilities, cold storage facilities, and other economic infrastructures and growth enhancing projects such as market, slaughterhouses, and water supply system; climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness like flood control, reforestation, solid waste management facilities, evacuation centers, early warning and devices and rescue equipment; and promotion of good governance like the anti-red tape and anti-corruption systems.

The grant cannot be used in payment of taxes, salaries and recurrent cost and micro credits and loans.

The PCF aims to encourage LGUs to be at their best performance in order to gain financial support that will boost and sustain the local economic development initiatives for poverty reduction in their respective localities.

“PCF will only be granted to an LGU if it will surpass the ‘Good Local Governance Performance.’ In the case of Dipolog City, it has moved up to ‘Seal of Good House Keeping’ from silver level in 2012,” City Local Government Operations Officer Lerma M. Campaner explained adding Dipolog met the criteria set for the said award.

The test of the Seal of Good Housekeeping focuses on sound fiscal management characterized by the absence of adverse COA opinion on the LGU’s financial statements, and on transparent and accountable governance which puts value on full disclosure of government transactions.

For her part, Mayor Evelyn Uy expressed her gratitude for the said grant saying “it will help a lot in the development of the city and its people.”