ANGELES CITY — Twelve barangays named as semifinalists in this city’s second edition of the “Gawad Parangal sa mga Pinakamalinis, Luntiang, Ligtas at Kaayaayang Pamayanan (Pogi Ya Ing Barangay Ku)” underwent evaluation the other day.
Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. said this project aims to promote sustainable programs for participatory governance, environmental management, peace and order, and disaster risk reduction management.
Among the semifinalist barangays are Balibago, Cuayan, Cutud, Mining, Pampang, Pandan, San Nicolas, Sapangbato, Sto. Cristo, Sto. Domingo, Sto. Rosario, and Virgen Delos Remedios.
A team from the Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office (ACEDIPO) supervised by Chief Adviser IC Calaguas and Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel with the panel of evaluators composed of Environmentalist and Veteran Broadcaster Cecil Yumul; Edna Marissa Simbre of Department of Environment and Natural Resources—EMB Region III; Lodislao Puno III of the Department of the Interior and Local Government – Angeles City; and Lisa Juco of the Office of the Civil Defense Region III held a table on-site validation last September 19-20, 2023 in the 12 barangays.
“This is to build back better communities which encourage implementation of intensively and extensively proactive, participative, sound, and sustained programs, projects, and activities on socio-economic, environmental, and risk reduction management,” Lazatin said.
According to Irish Bonus-Llego of ACEDIPO, 30 barangays have joined the contest. The 30 joiners were trimmed down to 20, until the top 12 were concluded as semifinalists.
The criteria of the contest are Urban Farm and Greening Program (35%); Solid Waste Management and General Cleanliness Program (35%); and Disaster Risk Reduction, Peace and Order, Health and Sanitation Program (30%).
“From 20, we trimmed them down to 12, then top 6, and then finally the top 3,” Bonus-Llego explained.
The grand winner will receive a dump truck with ₱300,000 cash incentive; second placer will get ₱600,000; 3rd placer will receive ₱300,000; top 6 will receive ₱150,000; top 12 will get ₱130,000; top 20 will receive ₱120,000; and consolation prize for non-winner barangays is ₱100,000.