DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines –The City Government of Dumaguete received the prestigious, national Galing Pook Award for Environment for its best practices in innovating and implementing the Citywide Septage Management Program.
Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria received the award conferred by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas during ceremonies at the LandBank Plaza in Malate, Manila on March 18, 2013.
Of the 122 cities all over the country, 16 were initially chosen to present their respective best practices. Dumaguete officials presented the city’s septage facility project located in Barangay Camanjac.
Aside from Dumaguete City, other winners this year were San Jose City of Nueva Ecija; Mandaluyong City, Muntinlupa City, Valenzuela City, Iloilo City, the town of Loboc in Sarangani Province, and Brgy. Poblacion of Tupi town in South Cotabato.
Dumaguete City, with Mayor Sagarbarria at the helm, has been the recipient of other national and regional awards: 1) the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award in 2011 for the city’s exemplary performance in administrative, social, and economic governance; 2) Gawad Pamana ng Lahi 2012 for transparency and accountability; and 3) the Region’s 2012 Very Supportive LGU for Fisheries Projects.
Mayor Sagarbarria has lauded the initiative and cooperation of his fellow officials, City Hall department heads and employees, and Dumaguete residents for their support in the successful implementation of the city’s various projects and services. .(PIO-DUMAGUETE)