The validation was
made from April 12 to 19, revealed DILG Regional Director Francisco C.
Jose, who added that the recommendations will be forwarded to the DILG
Central Office within the month.
However Dir. Jose
emphasized that NONE of these local government units (LGUs) validated
in the region are yet assured of being among 200 towns and cities in
the country who will receive 1 million pesos in counterpart fund from
DILG under its Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) program. This is
because the regional level results will still be evaluated and
compared with those from other regions.
Among the LGUs visited
by the DILG Regional team are: Caibiran and Almeria in Biliran
province; Silago and Maasin City in Southern Leyte; Babatngon,
Inopacan and Merida in Leyte; Lope de Vega and Allen in Northern Samar;
as well as Balangiga, Lawaan and San Julian in Eastern Samar.
The Seal of Good
Housekeeping is a set of criteria aimed at recognizing LGUs with good
performance in internal housekeeping particularly on the areas of
Sound Fiscal Management, Transparency and Accountability, and Valuing
Performance Management. Information on the last part is taken from the
agency’s own Local Governance Performance Management System. Among
the key components in the SGH criteria are compliance to the DILG’s
Full Disclosure Policy, and acceptable levels of findings from the
Commission on Audit.
For 2011, 28 component
cities and 706 municipalities nationwide belonging to the 4th to 6th
classes are to be covered by the Seal of Good Housekeeping criteria,
which is an eligibility requirement to access the PCF. The PCF on the
other hand is an incentive fund to LGUs in the form of counterpart for
projects to be financed from the 20% component of the LGU’s Internal
Revenue Allotment (IRA).
Dir. Jose said that
eligible LGUs may use the PCF for projects meant to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); boost economic development; or
those to help communities adapt to climate change and prepare LGUs for
Since the project
was started last October 2010, only the municipality of Kawayan,
Biliran has received the “Seal of Good Housekeeping” in Region 8, and
earned the 1 Million-peso PCF grant from DILG.