The Negros Occidental provincial government, and six cities and 11 towns of the province are recipients of the Department of Interior and Local Government’s seal of good housekeeping that entitles them to performance challenge funds totaling P26 million, DILG Regional Director Evelyn Trompeta said yesterday.
Recipients of the 2011 seals of good housekeeping are local governments found to be transparent and accountable, having complied with the DILG’s full disclosure policy and who have no adverse Commission on Audit findings, she said.
Trompeta, assisted by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., distributed the seal of good housekeeping markers to the local officials of the 17 towns and cities at the governor’s office at the Capitol in Bacolod City yesterday.
Trompeta said the Negros Occidental provincial government is entitled to a P7 million performance challenge fund, while the six component cities – Victorias, Talisay, Bago, Cadiz, Sagay and Silay – that received seals of good housekeeping are entitled to P3 million each.
The 11 towns with seals of good housekeeping will receive P1 million each, she added.
The 11 towns are Pulupandan, La Castellana, Pontevedra, Moises Padilla, Manapla, Isabela, Toboso, Murcia, EB Magalona, Hinigaran and Don Salvador Benedicto.
She said the seal of good housekeeping is a program initiated by the late DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo to ensure transparency and accountability.
Robredo believed that it was better to reward good performance, than to punish the non-performers, she said.*CPG