by Jho Arranz / PIO 

Seven special awards were given to performing barangays in during the 26th Local Government Day last Oct. 10 at the Baguio Convention Center.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan created the Best Performing Committee for the Search for the Best Performing Barangay 2017 in the city through Administrative Order 7.

The search aims to monitor, evaluate, and validate performances of the 128 barangays based on seven aspects – barangay administration and governance; environmental management; social services; health, wellness, nutrition, and sanitation services; peace and order; and public safety and competitive edge.

Not all the 128 barangays met the criteria of garnering a rate of at least 80 percent and above in all the seven aspects to be declared a top performing barangay.

However, special awards were given to barangays that performed well in the different sectors.

Middle Quezon Hill is the champion for the Best Child-Friendly barangay with Brookside as the first-runner up and Irisan as second runner-up.

Awarded as Best Senior Citizen Association is Irisan – champion, Middle Quezon Hill – first runner-up, and Brookspoint – second runner-up.

Barangay Irisan is also the winner for Most PWD Friendly Barangay. Lower Rock Quarry is the first runner-up and Loakan Proper is second runner-up.

Winning the Best Barangay Women Organization is Sto. Tomas Proper, while South Sanitary Camp – second, and Brookside – third.

Best Lupong Tagapamayapa was awarded to Imelda Village, Lourdes Extension – first runner-up and Middle Quezon Hill – second runner-up.

Imelda Village is the champion for Best Performing Barangay Nutrition Committee, Upper Quezon Hill- first runner-up, and City Camp Proper and Lower Quirino Hill tied as 2nd runner-up.

The winner for Barangay with Best Sanitation Practices is SLU-SVP – champion, Middle Quezon Hill – first runner-up and Upper Rock Quarry – second runner-up.

Winning the Cleanest and Greenest Barangay is Middle Quezon Hill while Imelda Village is the first runner-up and Lualhati, second runner-up.

Best Barangay Peace and Order Committee was awarded to Middle Quirino Hill, first runner-up is Irisan and second runner-up is Burnham-Legarda.

Drug-free barangays were also recognized. They are Country Club Village, Upper Dagsian, Happy Hallow, and Lower General Luna.

All the champions received plaques of recognition, P50,000 cash incentive each and certificates of recognition for the first and second runners-up.

The 21 performing barangays were also announced.  They are Imelda Village, Irisan, Middle Quirino Hill, City Camp Proper, Upper Rock Quarry, Upper Quezon Hill, Middle Quezon Hill, Lourdes Extension, Atok Trail, Upper General Luna, Happy Hallow, Holy Ghost Proper, Brookside, Pacdal, Bakakeng Central, San Antonio Village, MRR Queen of Peace, West Bayan Park, Camdas Subdivision, Lualhati, and Pinsao Pilot Project.

Domogan emphasized on the importance of delivery of public service, cooperation, and teamwork.

He encouraged the barangay officials to help each other in the development of the city.

The city is in the process of institutionalizing the Search for Best Performing Barangays to give due recognition to barangays that demonstrate excellence in local governance, upholding the standards of transparency, integrity, and prompt service delivery.

#Ref: Baguio Midland Courier, Oct 15, 2017 Issue.

"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"