City of Ilagan - A total of 18 local government units in the Province of Isabela composed of one city and 17 municipalities will be receiving their Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) subsidy from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) after having qualified to be eligibles thereof.
According to Elpidio A. Durwin, DILG-Isabela Provincial Director, this latest development “is a manifestation that our LGUs in the province are responding to the call for excellence in local governance which gives premium to participatory, accountable, responsive and transparent government.”
These LGUs are Burgos, Cabatuan, Cauayan City, Luna, Mallig, Naguilian, Quezon, Quirino, Reina Mercedes and San Manuel from the Central Isabela Cluster; Benito Soliven, Delfin Albano, Gamu, Maconacon and Santa Maria from the Northern Isabela Cluster, and Angadanan, Cordon and San Agustin, all of the Southern Isabela Cluster.
As a second-class city, Cauayan City will be receiving Php3M while the municipalities will each receive Php1.
PCF is a performance-based program of the DILG that encourages convergence of local development initiatives with national development agenda and priorities. It is an incentive to an eligible LGU in the form of a counterpart fund to finance high-impact local development projects identified as priority by the LGU.
For 2013 PCF, only second and sixth class LGUs who passed the scaled up Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) Silver Category are granted financial subsidy to finance projects aligned with the achievement of Millennium Development Goals, Local Economic Development, Adaptation to Climate Change and Preparedness for Disasters, and Ecological Solid Waste Management.
Prior to the release of the subsidy, recipient LGUs have to submit documentary requirements set forth by the Department. These include Memorandum of Agreement, LGU Annual Investment Plan and Project Proposals.
“With the number of PCF subsidy qualifiers that we have in the province, it can be said that our LGUs are decisively gearing toward the realization of ‘bayang maunlad’ through ‘tapat na palakad,” PD Durwin said, while adding that “we keep on exhorting our DILG officers to stir local government initiatives en route to excellence in local governance.” (LGOO V Tshaine T. Maggay)