By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA1 Ilocos Sur)
VIGAN CITY–This city bested four other finalists to win the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) first national search for Gawad Pamana ng Lahi.
Regional Director Corazon Guray, DILG-Ilocos, said the search is in recognition of local government units which excelled in local governance covering the year 2012.
“The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi is a total award concept and is conferred to a province, city or municipality for their exemplary performance in administrative governance, social governance, economic governance, and environmental governance,” Guray said.
According to Guray, Vigan topped four other cities namely: Makati, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Santiago in Ilocos Sur, and Tacurong in Sultan Kudarat during the final phase of a series of evaluations and validations.
As a national awardee, Vigan received a trophy and a cash award of P5 million.
Vigan also won the regional Gawad search with a cash prize of P2 million and a trophy in October last year.
Guray applauded Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina for leading the efforts in advancing and valuing the principles of performance, accountability, and transparency for excellence in local governance
For her part, Medina said that winning the maiden trophy for the good governance search was overwhelming.
She said that the award is fruit of the teamwork and solidarity between the local government and residents.
For the search, the DILG conducted documentary review including interviews with key informants and on-site inspection by the Regional Awards Committee.
Some facilities and projects in Vigan that were considered for the search include the Solid Waste Management Center, the maternity lying-in facility, the Vigan Skills Training Institute, the Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center, the Buridek Children’s Museum, and the newly-constructed Vigan Convention Center.
DILG representatives also received a briefing on Vigan City’s “Pagsapulan Raniag ti Masakbayan” (Livelihood for Bright Future) – a city government’s innovative practice for poverty reduction.
The last phase of the search was the panel interview of the local chief executives of the five city-finalists by a nine-member National Search Committee held at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.#