By April M. Montes, PIA 1, Pangasinan
DAGUPAN CITY – The province of Pangasinan will receive a Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) worth P7-million from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for passing the 2014 Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH), a component of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Pangasinan was also one of the passers of the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH).
The SGH is a program of DILG that gives incentives to provinces, cities and municipalities that passed the areas of transparency, accountability, planning and fiscal management.
Last year, the DILG has scaled-up further its performance metrics through the SGLG contained in Memorandum Circular 2014-39 dated March 24, 2014 entitled 2014 Seal of Good Local Governance: Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal which remains as one of the core assessment areas of the New Seal where Pangasinan has been a consistent GFH passer for two consecutive assessment years which is in 2012 and 2014.
In a report of the Provincial Information Office, Assistant Provincial Engineer Tonette Delos Santos said the P7-million PCF will be used for the asphalting of the Pao-Pozorrubio roadline in Pozorrubio town.
The road is a provincial roadline that connects the municipalities of Manaoag and Pozorrubio, Binalonan and San Jacinto. It is also an alternate route for visitors of the Minor Basilica of Manaoag.
Santos said the asphalting of at least 1.709 kilometer stretch from Barangay Dilan, Manaoag to Barangay Malasin, Pozorrubio will shorten travel time, improve the accessibility of commuters, farmers, traders and visitors, aside from providing support to the agricultural and tourism development thrusts of the provincial government.
The project is also expected to directly benefit at least 28,000 local residents and stimulate more economic, commercial and tourism activities.#