Dumaguete City won the prestigious “Galing Pook Award” for Environment for its best practices in innovating and implementing the citywide septage management program in the Philippines.
Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria received the award from Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas at the Diosdado Macapagal Hall recently.
The septage facility project in Barangay Camanjac is the first of its kind in the country to be funded by the local government unit in a joint venture with the water district, pursuant to a city ordinance.
Under the ordinance, an additional P2 per cubic meter of water consumption is collected from consumers for use in the operation of the facility that is manned by the City Septage Management Authority.
Aside from Dumaguete, other winners were Iloilo City, for community participation and collaborative governance through the Dinagyang Festival; Loboc, Bohol, for its program “Realizing Dreams thru Tourism Development”; Mandaluyong City, Garden of Life Park and Project Therapy, Education and Assimilation of Children with Handicap; Muntinlupa City, for its implementation of the Bring Your Own Bag/Bayong Ordinance; Brgy. Poblacion in Tupi, South Cotabato for “Laging Listo ang Barangay Ko”; San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, Farmer Entrepreneurship Program; Sarangani Province, quality education; and Valenzuela City for 3S in public service Program.
The winners were selected from 160 entries all over the country, 67 from Luzon, 45 from the Visayas, and 48 from Mindanao.
Dumaguete has been a recipient of other national and regional awards, like the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award in 2011 for exemplary performance in administrative, social, and economic governance; and Gawad Pamanang Lahi, December 2012, for the city's transparency and accountability efforts.
Sagarbarria lauded the initiative and cooperation of government officials, department heads and employees, and the residents for their support in the successful implementation of projects and services in Dumaguete.*RG
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