As part of its continuing harvest of good local governance, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) awards a total of 74 local government units (LGUs) and key DILG Regional Field Personnel nationwide for their exemplary performance in championing their respective Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) projects during the PCF Summit held recently at The Sulu Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año challenged the Local Chief Executives (LCEs)) to complete the story of good local governance starting from being elected to office, providing public service with a heart, and ending the cycle of poverty of their constituents.
"Tapusin po natin ang magandang kuwento ng public service sa pamagitan ng transparency, accountability, performance, and efficient service delivery para sa benepisyo ng taong bayan," Año said.
The PCF project is a financial grant given to high performing LGUs that were conferred with the Seal of Good Governance (SGLG). Since its inception in 2010, a total of 2,981 out of 3,391 PCF projects nationwide have been completed, 410 are on-going and 179 are to be started.
Año said that the PCF is a product of good governance highlighting that from its humble beginnings of just P30-million budget in 2010, it has significantly grown to P1.2-billion budget this 2018.
"The essence of PCF, SGLG and other DILG projects and incentives is for the LGUs to improve the lives of the Filipinos for only then you can be a truly successful LGU official," he added.
Proud of the continuing harvest of the Department, the DILG Secretary noted that majority of PCF projects showcased at the PCF exhibit during the summit are social development projects that really matter to the people.
"Barya man na maituring ang PCF incentive para sa mga mayayamang LGUs, napakalaki ang tulong nito para sa mga nasa 4th to 6th class municipalities. The PCF projects are models worthy of replication by other LGUs," Año said.
In his keynote speech, Senator JV Ejercito congratulated the LGUs who consistently won the SGLG and the accompanying PCF grant for improving the lives of their constituents.
"The only barometer that we should always put in mind is the upliftment of the lives of the people," Sen. Ejercito said.
A staunch defender of the Department's budget for several years now, Sen. Ejercito shared the best practices during his term as City Mayor of San Juan which successfully raised the city's annual Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from a measly P300-million when he started in 2001 to a whopping P1.2-billion when he ended his term in 2010.
"I congratulate every one of you for being consistent awardees because you would like to have genuine change in your respective LGUs," Sen. Ejercito shared.
He urged the LGUs to think outside the box and be risk-takers for them to successfully improve local governance in their respective areas.
"Using my youthful idealism and corporate experience, I successfully gained the trust of funding investors and the public through two things: professionalized the ranks for them to provide better public service and implemented automation system which systematized and eased the processes and public service delivery," he added.
Outstanding, dedicated public service
Sixty-two LGUs that have been PCF recipients for six to seven years and have been SGLG passers for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017 received the Masidhing Paghanga award.
Another 12 LGUs were granted with the award on Katangi-Tanging Pagpupugay sa Lokal na Pamahalaan sa Pagsasakatuparan ng PCF. These LGUs have been PCF recipients for three to five times and have been SGLG passers for three consecutive years from 2015-2017 resulting to the successful implementation, promotion, and sustainability of the PCF Programs of the Department since 2010.
Three DILG Regional Offices were likewise granted with Pagkilala sa Maagap na On-Line Updating ng PCF for their exceptional encoding, uploading, and completion of documentary requirements rate based on the PCF website from 2014 to 2017.
Likewise, seven DILG personnel received the award on Pagkilala sa Matikas na Paglilingkod Bilang PCF Focal Person for having served as the Focal Person for more than five years and actively supported the series of PCF activities leading to the successful implementation, promotion, and sustainability of the program.
All 17 DILG Regional Directors also received the recognition as Pagkilala sa Rehiyon sa Masigasig na Implementasyon ng PCF.
Six speakers also shared the best practices of their respective LGUs in completing their respective PCF projects which have significantly contributed to their economic situation and the lives of their people.