AC names top 20 brgys in ‘Pogi Ya Ing Barangay Ku’ contest

ANGELES CITY — Twenty barangays are among the quarter-finalists in the third year of the inter-barangay contest dubbed as “Gawad Parangal sa mga Pinakamalinis, Luntiang, Ligtas at Kaayaayang Pamayanan (Pogi Ya Ing Barangay Ku)”.

Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. said this project aims to promote sustainable programs for participatory governance, environmental management, peace and order, and disaster risk reduction management.

Among the quarter-finalist barangays are Sapalibutad, Capaya, Tabun, Mining, Sto. Cristo, Pandan, Ninoy Aquino, Malabanias, Sta. Teresita, Pampang, San Nicolas, Sta. Trinidad, Cuayan, Margot, Virgen Delos Remedios, Pulungbulu, Lourdes Sur East, Sto. Rosario, San Jose, and Sto. Domingo.

A team from the Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office (ACEDIPO), headed by Irish Bonus-Llego, supervised by Chief Adviser IC Calaguas and Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel with the panel of evaluators composed of Elyza Evilla of Department of Environment and Natural Resources—EMB Region III; Ladislao Puno III of Department of the Interior and Local Government – Angeles City; and Lisa Juco of Office of the Civil Defense Region III held its table top evaluation last June 18-20, 2024 at Kapebaluan.

The on-site evaluation of the top 20 quarter-finalist barangays will commence on July 17-19, 2024.

“This is to build back better communities which encourage implementation of intensively and extensively proactive, participative, sound, and sustained programs, projects, and activities on socio-economic, environmental, and risk reduction management,” Lazatin said.

According to Llego of ACEDIPO, 32 barangays have joined the contest. From 32 joiners, 20 were concluded as quarter-finalists from the set criteria of the contest which are Urban Farm and Greening Program (35%); Solid Waste Management and General Cleanliness Program (35%); and Disaster Risk Reduction, Peace and Order, Health and Sanitation Program (30%).

“From 20, we will trim it to 12, then top 6, and then finally the top 3,” Bonus-Llego explained.

The grand winner will receive ₱1.5 million cash incentive; second placer will get ₱600,000; 3rd placer will receive ₱300,000; and consolation prize of ₱150,000 to ₱100,000 depending where the barangay will finish.