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San Rafael bags cleanest town award in Bulacan
By: PPAO
Friday, 03 February 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS- Out of the 21 towns and three cities that battled for the cleanest town/city title in the province, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado conferred the town of San Rafael, led by Mayor Lorna Silverio, the “Pinakamalinis at Luntiang Bayan o Lungsod sa Lalawigan ng Bulacan 2011” award at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium yesterday.

As the grand winner, the town of San Rafael received a cash prize worth P100,000 and P1M aid for infrastructure projects. The town of Bustos received P50,000 and P500,000 aid also for infrastructure projects while the City of San Jose Del Monte who won 3rd runner up received P30,000 cash prize and P200,000 aid for infrastructure projects.

Provincial Administrator Jim Valerio, chairman of the Bantay Kalinisan Task Force, said that as part of the realization of the 7-Point Agenda of Gov. Alvarado, this program aims to put teeth on the Republic Act 9003 or "Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000” and encourage the collective effort of local government units in keeping the cleanliness and beauty of the province.

Also in the same event, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Jesse Robredo in his talk about the “Seal of Good Governance and Seal of Good Housekeeping,” reminded the public officials that along with their power to lead are their responsibility to serve with integrity.

“Sabi nga, hindi lahat ng mga matitinong mamuno ay mahuhusay, at lalo naman, hindi lahat ng mahuhusay ay matitino. Kailangang itaas ang paraan ng pamumuno kung saan hindi lamang sa mahusay na paraan kundi maging sa matapat, mapanagutan at tuwid na daan. Sa ganitong paraan makakamit ang Seal of Good Housekeeping at Good Governance. Kung ang pamamalakad sa bayan ay hindi lamang nauugitan ng kapangyarihan kundi maging ng responsibilidad sa mga nasasakupan,” said Robredo.

Other personalities who shared their views about good governance are Rev. Fr. Melo Diola who discussed about “Good Governance and Ethics in Politics” and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Technical Director Forestry Management Services, Dr. Sofio Quintana, Region 3 with the topic about “Good Governance on Environment.”

Alvarado said that as a historic province, Bulacan would also want to mark another legacy in history that is to set an example on good governance that will be replicated by other local government units in the entire country.

“Kamakailan ay itinanghal ang ating lalawigan bilang isa sa mga Gawad Pamana ng Lahi awardees at recipient ng Seal of Good Housekeeping. Kung kaya sa pamamagitan ng gawaing ito ay inaasahan naming maibahagi ang karangalang ito sa iba pang lokal na pamahalaan upang mahimok rin sila na higit pang paunlarin ang serbisyong ipinagkakaloob sa ating mga kalalawigan,” added Alvarado.###

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