ANGELES CITY — Barangay Cuayan here bested other villages in the inter-barangay contest dubbed as “Gawad Parangal sa mga Pinakamalinis, Luntian, Ligtas at Kaayaayang Pamayanan (Pogi Ya Ing Barangay Ku)” garnering a score of 99.42.
This is part of Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr.’s project to promote sustainable programs for participatory governance, environmental management, peace and order, and disaster risk reduction management.
Mayor Lazatin congratulated all the barangays who devoted their time, effort, and dedication to participate in the contest.
“More than the contest, the essence of this is to build back better communities and 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.
The grand winner received a dump truck worth P4 million, with ₱300,000 cash incentive.
Following the grand winner is Barangay Pampang, garnering a score of 98.71, which got ₱600,000; while the 3rd placer, Barangay Pulung Maragul which garnered a score of 97.33, received ₱300,000; and consolation prize for non-winning barangays is ₱100,000.
Among those who served as the panel of evaluators for the Pogi Ya Ing Barangay Ku contest, who personally visited each barangay, were 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.
Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office (ACEDIPO) Irish Bonus-Llego assisted the evaluators, supervised by Chief Adviser IC Calaguas and Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel.
Bonus-Llego said 23 barangays participated in the contest include Barangays Amsic, Cuayan, Claro M. Recto, Cuayan, Cutud, Lourdes Sur East, Mining, Ninoy Aquino, Pampang, Pandan, Pulungbulo, Pulung Maragul, San Jose, San Nicolas, Sta. Teresita, Sta. Trinidad, Sto. Cristo, Sto. Domingo, Sto. Rosario, Sapalibutad, Sapangbato, Tabun, and Virgen delos Remedios.
The criteria further for the contest were 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%).