15 AC barangays semi-finalists in ‘Pogi Ya Ing Barangay Ku’ contest

ANGELES CITY — Fifteen barangays make up the semi-finalists of the city’s inter-barangay contest dubbed as “Gawad Parangal sa mga Pinakamalinis, Luntiang, Ligtas at Kaayaayang Pamayanan (Pogi Ya Ing Barangay Ku)”.

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 semi-finalist barangays are Sapalibutad, Pulung Maragul, Pandan, Tabun, Capaya, Cuayan, Sapangbato, Pampang, Ninoy Aquino, Claro M. Recto, San Nicolas, Sto. Rosario, Sto. Cristo, Pulungbulu, and Lourdes Sur East.

A joint team from the city and a panel of evaluators conducted an on-site evaluation today, Sept. 20, 2022 in five barangays. The evaluation of the remaining barangays will follow suit.

The team and panel were composed of Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office (ACEDIPO) supervised by Chief Adviser IC Calaguas and Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel, Environmentalist and Veteran Broadcaster Cecil Yumul, Pampanga Environment and Natural Resources Office PAMP/SVMS Rustico Gonzales, and Department of the Interior and Local Government – Angeles City Director Darwin David.

“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, 23 barangays have joined the contest. From 23 joiners, 15 were concluded as semi-finalists from the set criteria of the contest which 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 15, we will trim it to 6, and then finally the top 3,” Bonus-Llego explained. 

The grand winner will receive a dump truck worth P4 million with ₱300,000 cash incentive; second placer will get ₱600,000; 3rd placer will receive₱300,000; and consolation prize for non-winner barangays is ₱100,000.