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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

City gov’t to use P60 million Seal of Good Housekeeping cash incentive for priority projects

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) City Director Romeo Solis recently said the city government here will use the P60 million cash incentive they received for the implementation of priority projects.

This, after the city’s flagship program on transparency and accountability governance was awarded by the DILG with Seal of Good Housekeeping, making the city government qualified as recipient of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF), amounting to P60 million.

Solis said the cash incentives must be spent in the construction of infrastructure projects to attract businessmen and investors that will boost the economic condition of the city.

The official said through investments, revenue of the city government will increase. Solis added this is needed, since the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the city has decreased P20 million annually.

Meanwhile, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo said the fund shall be utilized as capital expenditures and shall be used to augment their approved 2012 Annual Investment Plan for implementation of any or combination of the following projects, namely: 1) rural electrification; 2) local roads connecting national roads; 3) arterial farm-to-market roads and bridges; 4) local economic enterprises and; 5) flood control and drainage.

Also, the DILG chief said the fund will be used to support the priority projects of the national government such as the 1) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); 2) Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010; and 3) Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

According to DILG, the Seal of Good Housekeeping for LGUs is in line with the Department’s commitment to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation and performance into an institutionalized status, which aims to recognize LGUs with good governance performance in internal housekeeping particularly on four areas, namely 1) Good Planning; 2) Sound Fiscal Management; 3) Transparency and Accountability; and 4) Valuing of Performance Monitoring.

The DILG also said LGUs with the Seal of Good Housekeeping will be qualified for the Performance Challenge Fund for Local Government Units being handled by the Bureau of Local Government Development. (PIA-Caraga)

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