CITY OF MALOLOS – The so called smallest unit in the country took the center stage after the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado recognized the five outstanding barangays in Bulacan for their successful implementation of innovative barangay projects as well as the outstanding barangay officials, and outstanding volunteer workers and group during the 16th Gawad Galing Barangay held this morning at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city.
The five best barangays with the most creative and effective barangay projects include Malis, Guiguinto (I am Malis); San Jose Patag, Santa Maria (San Jose Patag Technical Vocational School (Tekbok ng Trabaho); Kaypian, City of San Jose Del Monte (Waste Management Practice and Innovations); Tartaro, San Miguel and Binagbag, Angat (Mabuting Pamamahala) wherein each received P200,000 and a plaque of recognition.
The Mabuting Pamamahala or Good Governance of the San Rafael II, City of San Jose Del Monte and Kalusugan at Katiwasayan of San Roque, Hagonoy made them the trailblazer awardees wherein they received P50,000 each and a plaque of recognition.
Meanwhile, Barangay Captain Cezar Mendoza of Malis, Guiguinto won as Natatanging Punong Barangay for his outstanding performance in the executive, legislative and judiciary duties in the barangay.
Also, Councilor Narciso B. Mariano of Bintog, Plaridel bagged the Natatanging Kagawad award; Joe-Joe R. Rañada of Kaypian, City of San Jose Del Monte as Natatanging Kalihim and Leny B. Reyes of Sto. Niño, Plaridel as Natatanging Ingat-Yaman.
For the Natatanging Volunteer Workers and Volunteer Group, Nelina DC. Santos of San Nicolas, Bulakan was honored as Natatanging LLN; Clarissa G. Pagdanganan of Sipat, Plaridel as Natatanging Mother Leader; Manuel C. Garcia of Parulan, Plaridel as Natatanging Barangay Health Worker; Alicia S. Bais of Matungao, Bulakan as Natatanging Barangay Training And Employment Coordinator and Angelito DR. Contreras of Sto. Niño, Plaridel as Natatanging Barangay Tanod.
Moreover, the Natatanging Volunteer Group winner was Kapisanan at Saligan ng mga Taong May Kapansanan Sa Malolos, Inc. of Bagong Bayan, City of Malolos.
Winners of the Natatanging Punong Barangay received P50,000 and a plaque of recognition while the Natatanging Kagawad, Kalihim, and Ingat Yaman won P20,000 each and a plaque of recognition while the finalists received P10,000 and certificate of appreciation.
According to Alvarado, “ang GGB ay isang paraang binalangkas upang panatilihing masigla, makatuturan at napapanahon ang pag-iral ng barangay sa pagtugon nito sa mga hamon ng kasalukuyan at kinabukasan. Ito ay isang pagkilala, pagtanaw ng utang na loob, pasasalamat at pagmamahal na igagawad sa inyo nang buong puso ng inyong pinagsilbihang mga kabarangay dahil sa isang napakahusay at ‘di malilimutang performance na kanilang iiwihin sa kanilang mga dibdib, iingatan sa kanilang mga alaala, ikukuwento sa kanilang mga anak at magiging apo at pagsusumundan at tataluntunin ng darating pang magsisipamuno sa ating bayan.”
In his message, the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael D. Sueno asked for the support of all the participants through voluntary efforts in the community especially with regard to illegal drug issues.
“I’m asking people sa barangay to also volunteer their efforts especially the professionals you have to educate especially our children, to avoid itong drugs na ito, we ask you to improve, beautify and protect, develop your barangay by reporting to chief of commands,” Sueno said.
The said award was made possible through the efforts of the Provincial Planning and Development Office coinciding the Provincial Launching of Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Droga or MASA MASID, and awarding of the DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) to the province and some of its municipalities.