LEGAZPI CITY, 26July2013 (PNA) – The Dept. of Interior and Local Government has granted financial incentives to seven local government units in Camarines Norte after their performances in good local governance were recently recognized through the Seal of Good Housekeeping awards.
The recipients are the municipalities of Daet, Basud, Jose Panganiban and Labo under the first to third class town categories, and Talisay, San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Vicente under the fourth to fifth class categories, DILG Bicol regional director Blandino Maceda said here on Thursday.
The incentives given through the government’s Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) will be used to finance various projects designed to spur local economic growth, particularly among agricultural communities, Maceda said.
The projects that fall under each recipient’s Annual Investment Program include the construction of a slaughterhouse worth P500,000; rehabilitation of water system, P600,000; and asphalting of a half-kilometer farm-to-market road for P250,000 in San Lorenzo Ruiz.
In San Vicente, the projects are bridge construction worth P1 million; rehabilitation of the town’s Agro-Cultural and Sports Complex, P800,000; and improvement of the municipal plant nursery, P200,000.
Out of the grant, the municipal government of Talisay will establish a birthing facility for P700,000; rehabilitate a farm-to-market road at P200,000; and construct a processing center for bamboo by-products worth P100,000, Maceda said.
Daet, the capital town, on the other hand, will be constructing flood waterways for P2 million and establish a rural health center in Barangay Lag-on for P1 million while Labo and Jose Panganiban will improve from gravel to concrete barangay roads each for P1 million.
Maceda said that after the first seven, the remaining five of Camarines Norte’s 12 municipalities that have also been also awarded Seals of Good Housekeeping by the DILG will also be given similar cash incentives through the PCF in recognition of their adherence with good local governance that the late DILG secretary Jesse Robredo had instilled among LGUs before his untimely death in a plane accident late last year. (PNA)