DILG names Bicol LGUs with “Seal of Good Housekeeping”
By Media Solution
LEGAZPI CITY — Only 79 out of 120 local government units in the Bicol Region received the “Seal of Good Housekeeping” from the Department of Interior and Local Government making them eligible for huge funding assistance, the department’s regional director revealed here recently.
DILG Regional Director Blandino Maceda said the LGUs which qualified were selected after a thorough evaluation conducted by a team composed of representatives from government and private sectors.
“The primary qualifications were transparency and accountability especially on fiscal matters under the government’s full disclosure policy,” Maceda said.
The director said DILG is presently implementing the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF), Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) and the “Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award” which all bear cash incentives for those qualified.
The programs all aim to improve the sense of accountability among local officials as a way of improving fiscal administration in particular and local governance in general.
Through these programs the DILG hopes that local governments will improve their performance as well as delivery of services to qualify them to the special funds to be granted to those who show good governance, he said.
Maceda said the PCF is a counter-parting program which grants up to P1 million for municipalities, P3 million for cities and P7 million for provinces to be utilized to fund high-impact capital investment projects.
The LGSF is an augmentation fund meant to cushion the impact of the reduction of the internal revenue allotment while the Pamana ng Lahi Award gives cash incentives to LGUs which topped in every region.
Among the six Bicol provinces, only Camarines Sur failed to make it to the list of qualifiers, the list from the DILG central office showed.
A check with the Commission on Audit’s website showed that Camarines Sur annual audit findings for year 2010 were full of irregularities involving hundreds of millions of pesos mostly from the operations of the tourist destinations owned and operated by the provincial government.
The provinces which received cash incentives under the LGSF were Albay-P20M,Camarines Norte-P10M, Catanduanes-P5M, Masbate-P15M and Sorsogon-P15M. The cities of Naga, Iriga, Legazpi, Tabaco and Masbate each received P20 million while Ligao City received P25 million.
The municipalities which received varying amounts under the LGSF were Camalig, Jovellar, Malilipot, Oas, Polangui, Rapu-Rapu, Manito, Sto. Domingo, Bacacay, Malinao and Tiwi for Albay and the towns of Baao, Bombon, Calabanga, Del Gallego, Goa, Libmanan, Magarao, Milaor, Pili, Ragay, San Jose, Tigaon, Nabua, Gainza, and San Fernando in Camarines Sur.
Other recipients were Capalonga, Mercedes, Paracale, Sta. Elena, Basud, Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente and Talisay in Camarines Norte, Bagamanoc, Baras, Bato, Caramoran, Gigmoto, Panganiban, Pandan, San Miguel, Viga, Virac and San Andres in Catanduanes province, Cataingan, Cawayan, Claveria, Dimasalang, Placer, Monreal, Baleno, Esperanza, Mobo and Palanas in Masbate and Donsol, Gubat, Irosin, Juban, Matnog, Prieto-Diaz, Sta. Magdalena, Casiguran and Castilla in the province of Sorsogon.
Those who received cash incentives under the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Awards were the municipality of Tiwi with P1 million, Ligao City with P2 million and the province of Albay with P3 million.
Maceda said the projects for which the funds would be used should be among the priority projects of the national government like those listed under the Millennium Development Goals, the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, Solid Waste Management Act and other capital expenditure projects.