A total of 82 Million pesos worth of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) checks were issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government – Caraga Regional Office (DILG 13) for 60 Local Government Units (LGUs) distributed during the series of Provincial Validation Activities of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) in the months of January and February 2014.

The checks were for PCF projects proposed in 2013 for implementation this year, 2014. PCF is an incentive mechanism for LGUs with excellent performance in local governance. The portfolio of projects in the region included 34 projects totaling P 42 Million for Local Economic Development; 15 projects totaling P27 Million for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management – Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM-CCA); 8 projects totaling P10 Million for Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM); and 2 projects totaling P 2 Million for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

The 60 Caraga LGUs were the second to sixth class provinces, municipalities and cities which attained silver grade during the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) assessment. These are broken down into 2 provinces; 5 component cities; and 53 municipalities. Of the provinces, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur were not among the prioritized provinces as they are not second to sixth class provinces. The Province of Dinagat Islands was not included in the 2012 SGH as it has not yet reclaimed its provincial status during the assessment.

The LGUs were those that have: (1) unqualified or qualified opinion rendered by the Commission on Audit on the LGU’s 2011 Financial Statements; (2) full compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy of local budget and finances, bids and public offerings; (3) organized and functional Bids and Awards Committees (BAC) pursuant to the standards set by law; (4) compliance to the on-line procurement posting requirement through the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS); and (5) excellent or good rating as indicated in the Report Card Survey on the implementation of the Anti-Red Tape Act for 2012.

Under PCF, provinces shall receive P7 Million, cities P3 Million, and municipalities P1 Million each.

Ten (10) Surigao del Sur LGUs received their checks during their LPRAP Provincial Validation on January 30 at the Shacene Grand Ballroom in Tandag City. These were: Tandag City, Barobo, Bayabas, Lanuza, Lianga, Cortes, Bislig City, Cagwait, Carmen and Hinatuan. Of the aggregate amount of P20 Million for the province, P7 Million was for LED (7 projects); P7 Million on ESWM (5 projects); P5 Million DRRM-CCA (3 projects), and P1 Million on MDG (1 project).

Four (4) Agusan del Sur LGUs received their checks on February 5, again during their provincial validation in Mabe’s Savory Place, Barangay 1, San Francisco. These were: Talacogon, Veruela, Santa Josefa and Bayugan City. Of the aggregate amount of P7 Million for the province, P5 Million was for DRRM-CCA (3 projects), and P2 Million on LED (2 projects).

All eleven (11) Agusan del Norte PCF 2013 LGUs got their checks during the LPRAP Validation as well. It was on  February 7 at the Capitol Provincial Training Center, Butuan City. These were: the province of Agusan del Norte and the municipalities of Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Magallanes, Nasipit, RTR, Santiago, Tubay and Cabadbaran City. Of the aggregate amount of P19 Million for the province, P1 Million was for DRRM-CCA (1 project), and P18 Million on LED (10 projects).

Four (4) Surigao del Norte LGUs received theirs during the February 12 LPRAP Validation at the Surigao City Cultural Center. These were: Mainit, Bacuag, San Francisco and Gigaquit. Of the aggregate amount of P 28 Million for the province, 14 Million was for DRRM-CCA (6 projects), P13 Million on LED (13 projects), and P1 Million on ESWM (1 project).

Five (5) other Surigao del Norte LGUs received their PCF checks from the DILG Regional Office. Pilar and Alegria received theirs on February 14; San Benito on Feb 18; and Burgos and Sta. Monica on Feb 21.

All seven (7) municipalities of the Province of Dinagat Islands were given their checks during their provincial validation on February 11 at the Surigao City Cultural Center, also during their LPRAP Validation. The seven municipalities are: Basilisa, Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo, Loreto, Tubajon and San Jose. Of the aggregate amount of P7 Million for the province, P2 Million was for LED (2 projects); P2 Million on ESWM (2 projects); P2 Million DRRM-CCA (2 projects), and P1 Million on MDG (1 project).

As of this writing, there are still 19 PCF checks unclaimed in the DILG Regional Office. (Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio, RIO-Designate, DILG XIII)

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