Tuesday, December 8, 2015

LGU good performers to get PCF, support for other DILG projects

Perform well, get the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), then you get not only the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), but also funding support for programs and projects of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

This was the gist of the remarks delivered by DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero to local government units (LGUs) during the Performance Challenge Fund Breakthrough Summit held at the Icon Hotel in Quezon City recently.

Panadero said LGUs will be required to have the good local governance seal as one of the requirements to avail not only of the Performance Challenge Fund but also funding support for other DILG programs such as the Bottom-Up Budgeting and Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan at Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA) and the BuB for barangays.

“Come 2016, the performance-based support to the LGUs is going to expand to the BuB for the cities and municipalities and the upcoming KALSADA and BuB for barangays projects,” said Panadero.

The PCF is one of the key programs of the DILG which aims to incentivize good governance practices among LGUs, particularly those that have been conferred with the Seal of Good Local Governance. The PCF incentive is PHP7-million for provinces, PHP5-million for cities, and PHP3-million for municipalities.

During the summit, the DILG Undersecretary said that the practice of good local governance and incentive system has leveled up across the DILG Secretaries.

“We started with ‘tapat na pamamahala’ and the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) during the time of the late Sec. Jesse Robredo,” he said.

Then the bar was raised higher to ‘tapat at mahusay na paglilingkod’ with the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) during the time of Sec. Mar Roxas. Moving forward, the practice will be adapted to other projects now in Sec. Mel Senen S. Sarmiento’s time, he added.

To raise the bar of good governance a bit higher, Director Anna Liza F. Bonagua of the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) of DILG stated that by there will be two more indicators to be added to the good financial housekeeping (GFH) component, one of the core assessment areas that the LGU must pass during the SGLG evaluation.

“The LGU must have above zero average local collection growth rate for the last three years and that it has settled its 2014 obligations to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS),” said Bonagua. That is, the LGU must have 100% premium payment and at least 80% payment of loans. (DILG/PCOO News Release)

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