Pampanga towns, cities in good financial housekeeping list
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Pampanga towns and cities have made it in the list of passers under Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) with almost all government units landing on the said list with the exemption of Sasmuan town. This as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Bureau of Local Government Supervision has released the official list of Local Government Units which have obtained a GFH mark for FY 2017. The cities of Mabalacat, San Fernando and Angeles have made it under the city category while all other municipalities, except for Sasmuan, made the list under the municipal categories. This means that the towns are now qualified in the next stage of selection for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG). GFH is one of the components of the SGLG, which is conferred to LGUs that obtained unqualified or qualified COA opinion and compliance to Full Disclosure For 2017, the DILG scaled-up its overall assessment criteria to “4+1.” This means that to qualify for a seal, the LGU has to pass all four core areas and at least one essential area. In 2016, LGUs needed only to pass three core areas and at least one assessment area. Under core areas are financial administration, disaster preparedness and social protection, and peace and order. Tourism, culture and the arts, and environment, among others, are under essential areas.
The SGLG is a scaled-up version of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH). Winners of the SGLG, who complied with all components, are entitled to receive Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) amounting to P7-million for provinces, P5-million for cities and P3-million PCF for municipalities. The PCF is an incentive fund to local government units (LGUs) in the form of counterpart funding to high-impact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program and the 20 percent Development Fund consistent with national priorities. It is open to all provinces, cities and municipalities awarded with the Seal of Good Housekeeping provided that the LGU shall allocate a counterpart fund to implement capital investment projects aligned with the national development agenda and priorities.