Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will hand over P 1 million to the local government unit (LGU) of Kawayan, Biliran, as an incentive for its attaining the criteria on the seal of good housekeeping.
DILG-8 Assistant Regional Director Aida Laruda in a press statement said that Kawayan was one among the 15 towns in the entire country that passed the department’s seal of good housekeeping award. The 15 municipalities belong to the 4th to 6th class classification of municipalities.
In a phone interview with DILG Public Information Officer, Myles Joseph Colasito said that the three municipalities in Eastern Visayas have undergone an evaluation for the said award conducted by the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) last November 17 to 19. The said municipalities were Kawayan and Caibiran, both from Biliran, and Balangiga in Eastern Samar.
It was also learned from Colasito that Kawayan has earned the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) grant that could be used on the implementation of projects which addresses the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“This PFC grant incorporates the criteria of values transparency, accountability, participation and performance in local governance,” the information officer said.
According to Colasito, the evaluation for good housekeeping focused on four areas major areas, namely good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing of performance monitoring.
Furthermore, Leyte Samar Daily Express learned that the area on good planning involves questions on presence of an approved and updated comprehensive development plan and executive-legislative agenda.
Secondly, the sound fiscal management places high marks for absence of negative Commission on Audit (COA) findings or observations or the LGU’s full implementation of audit findings or observations. It also involves an assessment whether the LGU’s annual budget was crafted and approved pursuant to the Local Government Code and complied to mandatory and statutory requirements, the presence of updated local revenue code, schedule of market values as well as regular submission of statement of receipts and expenditures.
Then the transparency and accountability area refers to the compliance of the LGU to the Anti-Red Tape Law and DILG memorandum circular on full disclosure of local budget and finances likewise the bids and public offerings.
Moreover, the valuing performance monitoring area places higher values to LGUs that enables to utilize performance monitoring tools or scorecard system in their local planning as well as those which have garnered any awards of recognition for doing the said matter.
In connection to the said award that would be received by the municipality of Kawayan, the DILG 8 hopes that their performance will motivate other LGUs in the region to improve their fundamentals of governance for them to avail of the incentive grant that DILG offered.
Lastly, Colasito said that DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo will award the PCF grant to Kawayan, Biliran on January 28, 2011 at People’s Center of this city. (REY GERILLA GRADO)