Mayor Germy: We are living up to our ‘Pardas Caoayan’ battlecry

CAOAYAN, Ilocos Sur — Caoayan is living up to its battlecry “Pardas Caoayan” as it girds for another attempt to bag the 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award which it already won in a grand slam fashion from 2015 to 2018.

Caoayan Mayor Germy Singson Goulart is in for another mandate as she promised her Caoayan constituents during a Kapihan Iti Amianan Media Forum at her office over the weekend that she will be doing her best anew to improve the lives of the people and bring more honors to the town in view of its award-winning fashion as a town awardee for SGLG, Seal of Good Housekeeping, Outstanding Performance Award in Anti-Drug Campaign and back-to-back winner as the Most Child-Friendly Municipality in the region.

She mentioned, among others, Caoayan’s pioneering OBOP (One Barangay, One Product) where each barangay came out with its unique product now developed as a livelihood project.

“I coordinated with the TESDA to train our people and so, they now have their own livelihood programs,” she said.

She also mentioned about the purchase of a town shredder machine that is used to pulverize plastic bottles and relevant waste products for use in the making of hollow blocks.

“We have a tie-up project with the DepEd here that children can surrender their plastic bottles here for points to be recorded in their passbook. These points can be redeemed in exchange for school supplies,” she said.

Goulart also announced that the municipality will be purchasing soon its own amphibious excavator to dredge the Mestizo River which have been flooding the town every year.

“Mostly affected are our farmers and because we are a low-lying municipality, we are prone to floods and we need to dredge Mestizo River by any means to make it deeper,” she said.

She also said that it has enough resources to answer to the needs of the people during disasters such as motorboats, rescue vehicles and heavy equipment.

“We also have a newly-constructed evacuation center with double-deck beds complete with facilities to cater to the needs of our evacuees,” she said.

Recently, she issued an executive order to implement the 4:00 Habit Program of conducting “Operation Taob” and to destroy all breeding places of mosquitoes in view of the rise of dengue incidence in the country.

“I have directed all barangays to monitor the observance of this 4:00 habit and those who do not observe this habit will be meted an appropriate fine. Further, we acquired mosquito larvae eating fishes from Pangasinan to eradicate these “kiti-kiti” particularly in Barangay Villamar where we are currently filling up an abandoned private excavation which have become the breeding place of mosquitoes,” she said.

As for death aids to bereaved families, she said the municipality came out with an “abuloy system” wherein the family receives P80,000 pesos in case of a family death incidence.

Mayor Goulart is currently the Executive Vice President of Ilocos Sur League of Mayors in the Philippines. Her son, Paulo, is the former municipal mayor, and now works as her private secretary.●