Mabalacat to adopt World Bank’s CDS

MABALACAT CITY -- This city dubbed as “Manoma” or “Makati north of Manila” is set to adopt the World Bank’s “City Development Strategies” (CDS) starting January next year.

Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales told Sun.Star Pampanga that the CDS kit developed by the World Bank, which is currently the benchmark and model for fast rising global cities, will very well suit the needs of Mabalacat City in its urbanization plans.

“We will adopt the World Bank CDS because it is exactly the model that we want as Manoma. The four primary requirements like livability, bankability, competitiveness and good governance are all in Mabalacat City,” he said.

Morales that aside from the influx of investors, growing number of banks and the high literacy rate of Mabalaqueños, Mabalacat City still has a large volume of commercial and residential land to be tapped, coupled with the economic boost from Clark Freeport.

“With such resources and potential at hand, we will be able to meet the challenges of the CDS to become a premier city which is accessible from all directions. We are now coordinating with various sectors including the academe, business groups and other stakeholders in preparing for the adoption of the CDS,” concluded Morales.

rDILG-3 recognizes ‘Tagisan ng Galing’ winners

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Department of the Interior and Local Government regional office the other day recognized the winners of a competition dubbed “Tagisan ng Galing: The Local Governance Challenge,” which is part of the 22nd Anniversary Celebration of the Local Government Code of 1991, held at the Oxford Hotel in Clark Freeport.

The competition, open to barangay officials and functionaries in Central Luzon, had three contestants in each congressional district for the three categories: Impromptu Speech, Essay Writing and On-The-Spot Poster Making Contest.

Adjudged as first, second and third prize winners, respectively, are Kagawad Christopher D. Linag of Guiguinto, Bulacan, Kagawad Josephine A. Ignacio of Sta. Cruz, Zambales, and Punong Brgy. Genius S. Prieto of City of San Fernando, Pampanga for Impromptu Speech; Kagawad Jennifer G. Veloso of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Brgy. Secretary Elizabeth R. Tamaño of Olongapo City and Punong Brgy. Patrick R. Cura of Angeles City for the Essay Writing; and SK Kagawad Kim Henry Mansilungan of Samal, Bataan, Kagawad Jennifer G. Veloso of Sta. Maria, Bulacan and Kagawad Walter C. Manuel of Porac, Pampanga for the On-The-Spot Poster Making Contest.

A total of 32 contestants participated in the activities which were aimed at enabling barangay officials to share their innate knowledge, skills and talents and identify their crucial role on good governance based on their actual involvement in barangay affairs and their performance of duties and functions as barangay officials and functionaries.

Each contestant received consolation prizes and certificates of participation. On the other hand, top three winners in each category received cash prizes amounting to P5,000 for the 1st prize, P4,000 for the 2nd prize and P3,000 for the 3rd prize and plaques of recognition during the Regional Forum on Good Governance cum Regional Awarding held on October 10, 2013 at same venue.

RD Florida Dijan stated in her message that the activity is geared towards developing the skills of the contestants on good governance by bringing out their best in the contest.

Judges to the competition composed of Heads and Division Chiefs from the DepEd R-3 and DILG R-3 namely, Quality Assurance and Accountability Chief Jesus A. Zerrudo, Monitoring and Evaluation Division Chief Lerrie S. Hernandez and Regional Legal Officer Myron C. Cunanan for the Impromptu Speech Contest; Regional Education Program Supervisor Ma. Editha Caparas, Capability Development Division Chief Martin Porres B. Moral, and Olongapo City Director Amada T. Dumagat for the Essay Writing Contest; and Regional Education Program Supervisor Edgar Serrano, Finance and Amin. Chief Anita W. Adriano and Personnel Section Chief Nina L. Basilio for the On-The-Spot Poster Making Contest. (PR)

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