Davao City to cash in on DILG grant for good LGUs

THE CITY council’s rules and privileges committee will present tomorrow, Tuesday, its report on the ordinance allowing the city to receive P5 million from the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

Committee chair Bernard Al-ag told TIMES in a text message that he will present the committee report for the resolution granting authority to Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte to sign on behalf of the city a memorandum of agreement with the agency.

This is in relation to the Seal of Good Local Governance given to the city late last year, along with seven other local government units.

The PCF is a flagship program of the DILG that rewards LGUs that are awarded with the SGLG.

In an release dated September last year, the DILG said it awarded the eight LGUs for passing the assessment for 2014.

The LGUs include Davao City, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, and three municipalities, Montevista, Sulop, and Boston.

The city is entitled to a P5 million grant, with provincial governments in the list eligible to receive up to P7 million and municipalities receiving up to P3 million.

The amount will fund projects under the 20% of the LGU’s local development fund.

The criteria for the SGLG, according to the DILG, are: good financial housekeeping, social protection and disaster preparedness.

Business-friendliness, competitiveness, peace and order, and environmental management are among the components of the award.

The award also allows the city to access national government funds for programs such as “Payapa at Masaganang Payamanan (PAMANA), Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) which replaces Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB), Performance Challenge Fund (PCF); Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG),” the agency said.

The seal also allows LGUs to access bank loans.

The SGLG was given to the city in September last year through former DILG secretary Manuel Roxas II, before his political word war with Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Both government officials are running for the presidency in May.

Roxas earlier downplayed Duterte’s peace and order claims, saying that the city even had one of the highest crime rates.

But this confused Duterte. “A month earlier, before the [filing] of candidacy, he gave me a plaque of recognition, an award, for the city of Davao, the best police department.”

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