By Oliver T. Baccay
TUGUEGARAO CITY – Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo personally handed checks worth one million pesos to each of 51 local government units (LGUs) in region 2 as performance challenge fund.
In Cagayan province, 19 LGUs were recipients of the grants that included Abulog, Alcala, Allacapan, Amulung, Buguey, Calayan, Claveria, Enrile, Lasam, Sanchez Mira, Sta. Ana, Sto. Niño, Baggao, Gattaran, Gonzaga, Lallo, Peñablanca, Solana, and Tuao.
In Isabela, there are 15 LGUs namely, Angadanan, Cabatuan, Aurora, Maconacon, Ramon, San Agustin, San Pablo, Alicia, Cabagan, Roxas, San Mariano, San Matero, Tumauini, Cordon, and Dinapigue.
Quirino province is also a recipient of the said fund amounting to P7 million, while its six municipalities received also P1 million each to include Aglipay, Nagtipunan, Diffun, Cabarroguis, and Maddela.
Nueva Viscaya province is also a recipient of P7 million while its nine towns received P1 million each to include Aritao, Bagabag, Dupax Del Sur, Dupax Del Norte, Kasibu, Kayapa, Sta. Fe, Alfonso, Castañeda and Bambang.
Robredo, who visited the region for the forum on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation with local chief executives, said the performance challenge fund is an incentive to municipalities who were conferrred with Seal of Good Housekeeping.
He said that the seal is only given to municipalities that are performing well and without corruption within their governance. The basis is the Commission on Audit report as well as their full disclosure report on how they spend their finances as well as their strategies in uplifting the economy and livelihood of their constituents.
Robredo believes that LGUs who were recipients of the said fund will utilize the grant for the development projects in their towns. The projects will be monitored later by DILG and a non-government organization to ensure the fund benefits the public.#