With assistance from the DILG’s Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), major infrastructure projects were built and completed in the Province of Benguet that serve as monuments of good local governance in the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines.”
Benguet, along with three of its municipalities, qualified for the PCF, after having been conferred with the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), which they used to finance projects included in their respective Annual Investment Plans.
In the capital town of La Trinidad, bleachers for a portion of the 5,000 seating capacity multipurpose gym is being constructed from funds received by the Provincial Government as cash award for its good governance. Gov. Nestor Fongwan divulged that the P6-million fund was from the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi for the last two years while the P7 million was from the PCF as cash prize for being a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping.
Also in the fifth class municipality of Sablan, improvement of bleachers for a gymnasium-evacuation/feeding center worth P1M was funded by the PCF, while the municipality of Tublay split the P1M PCF to fund the improvement of the Tacarang-Bayaan Farm to Market Road and the Tublay Home of School Industries.
Tuba put up a pasalubong center selling local products and souvenirs, a positive step in promoting tourism in the town known for its caves, resorts and mountains. The P1.5M worth building was funded mainly from the PCF after being awarded with the much-coveted good housekeeping seal for the first time.
The PCF is a form of incentive given to local governments that have been awarded with the good housekeeping seal, which is a recognition for good local governance performance in internal housekeeping particularly in the areas of Good Planning, Sound Fiscal Management, Transparency and Accountability, Valuing Performance Management. The PCF should be utilized by LGUs in financing high-impact capital investment projects specified in the local Annual Investment Program consistent with national priorities.