Camiguin included in PCF Fund case study site

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CAMIGUIN, February 3 (PIA) – Camiguin province was among the Local Government Units (LGUs) selected as the case study sites for the 2011 Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) and Performance Challenged Fund (PCF) assessment.

The La Salle Institute of Governance (LSIG) is part of the consortium tasked to conduct the rapid assessment, which is being undertaken with the support of World Bank.

The assessment according to LSIG Director, Francisco A. Magno will examine the incentive effects of the 2011 PCF program on the local government unit behavior.

LSIG arranged an interview with Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, together with other key provincial LGU officials to include the Provincial Vice Governor, Finance and Committee Chair of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Budget Officer, Provincial Treasurer and the DILG Provincial Director, with all the heads of various units in the provincial government.

The meeting seeks to find whether the design of the program as a type of performance-based matching grant provided the necessary incentive for the LGUs to achieve the SGH and proposed local projects that are aligned with the national development priorities.

LSIG also reviewed processes undertaken by the DILG in developing the SGH and PCF criteria and the subsequent assessment in choosing the awardees.

Magno said, the assessment will further determine the inclusion of civil society organizations in the LGU assessment proceeded according to the DILG’s plan and whether this feature produced the effects the DILG intended.

The Seal of SGH was conferred to the province September last year. Aside from Misamis Oriental, it is only Camiguin who was able to qualify for the local governance award in the provincial category for the entire Northern Mindanao region. (PIA 1

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