‘We can change the world, one community at a time’—Gov Fernando
CITY OF MALOLOS- Governor Daniel R. Fernando believed that people can change the world by starting to change the community during the awarding ceremony of Kalinisan at Kaayusan ng Kapaligiran (KKK) sa Barangay held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city today.
“Our impact together could have changed the nation, and by changing my community, I could have changed the world. Hindi po biro ang maging lingkod bayan, sabi nga, ang almusal mo ay problema at sa lahat ng pagpapagal, pagsisikap at pagpupuyat, minsan ang pinaka-award na matatanggap po ay sisi at sumbat, ngunit salamat sa inyong kabutihan para sa ating mga kabarangay,” Fernando said.
Among the 217 barangay awardees, seven were first placers who took home P20,000 each; 68 were awarded second place and given P15,000 each; and 142 were recognized as third placers and received P10,000 each. All of them also received certificates of recognition.
The winners for KKK sa Barangay were judged based on the following criteria: for the cleanliness (50%), it is divided into 15% for clean roads and sidewalks, 15% for clean canal and rivers, well-maintained drainage and sewage system; and 20% for systematic and effective garbage collection.
As for the remaining 50% for orderliness, it’s divided into 15% for the absence of eyesores such as old streamers, advertisement or election posters, dilapidated structures and construction debris; another 15% for having a place for trees, mangrove and vegetable planting; and 20% for a clean barangay hall with systematic record and data keeping.
Prior to this, Fernando presented before thousands of Bulakenyos in attendance the cities and municipalities in the province who were awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance, a program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government that recognizes outstanding performances of local government units, which include the towns of Angat, Balagtas, Baliwag, Bulakan, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Pulilan and Santa Maria; and the cities of San Jose del Monte and Meycauayan.
Also, DILG Regional Director Dr. Julie J. Daquioag, the event’s guest of honor, announced that SGLG in Barangays will pilot in Region 3 soon.
“Nagagawa natin lahat, nakukuha natin lahat ng awards na inulat ng gobernador dahil sa inyong mga barangay at municipal, city officials. Dahil ang mga tagumpay ng probinsya ay tagumpay din natin dahil tayo sa baba, tayo sa barangay ay nagtutulungan at nagko-comply. ‘Di namin magagawa ang pagtulong sa inyo kung kayo ay ‘di rin tutulong sa amin,” Daquioag said.
Moreover, Provincial Director Darwin David of the DILG-Bulacan explained the requirements for passing the SGLG in Barangay stipulated in Memorandum Circular 2018-194 or the awards and incentive program for performing barangay governance with the theme ang ‘Mabuting Pamamahala, sa Barangay Nagsisimula’.
He said that barangays who wish to pass the SGLG will have to excel in the three core areas including Peace and Order, Financial Administration, and Disaster Preparedness plus only one in the essential areas, which include Social Protection, Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness and Environmental Management.