SGLG Passers Oriented on How to Spend Incentive  

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Ensuring transparency and wise use of cash incentives that are in place for all Local Government Units who passed the Department of Interior and Local Government’s 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), an orientation on the proper utilization of the Performance Challenge Fund has been recently held.

During the Regional Roll-out for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) Implementation Guidelines for SGLG passers, the DILG Regional Office gave the guidelines in the implementation of projects supported by the PCF. Participants during the orientation are the city and municipal engineers and planners of the fourteen LGU-passers in the region.

“Although it is an incentive for the LGU’s good performance, still it’s people’s money. There should be accountability for LGUs to properly implement and monitor the projects,” said DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga.

She cited the need for LGUs to have a common appreciation on how to implement the projects as well as the requirements. “The most important thing is the monitoring, evaluation and reporting… and the impact of the identified projects to the community,” she added.

“The PCF, which is an incentive given to LGUs who are Seal Passers, is intended for development projects anchored to the Philippine Development Plan and Sustainable Development Goals, Ambisyon 2014 and the Provincial Development Plan. These projects must also be incorporated in the LGUs Annual Investment Plan (AIP).”

For the Province of Davao Oriental, the sole province that bagged the Seal for 2017, its PCF will be spent on the construction of a multi-purpose building in the Municipality of Lupon. This building will not only serve as a venue for community events but can also be used as an evacuation center in times of disasters.

Having been an SGLG awardee in the previous years, the province had allocated its PCF for the construction of potable water systems in waterless barangays in Manay town.

The fourteen LGUs in Davao Region who are passers of the Seal are municipality of Sulop, Davao Del Sur; municipalities of Kapalong and Dujali in Davao del Norte; municipalities of Montevista and New Bataan in Compostela Valley; Davao City; the Province of Davao Oriental and its municipalities of Banaybanay, Lupon, Governor Generoso, City of Mati, Tarragona, Baganga, and Cateel.

“Through SGLG, the LGUs become motivated to really do their job,” Sunga said, noting that the department is also focusing now more on governance reform in order to make sure that there is transparency and accountability in the use of government funds.

For 2017, Seal passers in the municipality level will receive P2 million, the city will receive P2.4 million while the province will receive P3 million. By Karen Lou Deloso

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