San Francisco town ranks best LGU in Cebu
CEBU - A small town in Camotes Island was ranked the best local government unit in Cebu during the Capitol-ran “Our Cebu Program”, an in-house search for the most outstanding LGU in the province.
San Francisco bagged the award for six times in a row now and it has been a consistent top awardee since the search stated in 2009, according to a press release from Capitol.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale recently turned over the trophy and a P1-million cash prize to San Francisco officials during the awarding ceremony held recently at the Capitol Social Hall.
“Our Cebu Program continues to change paradigms of local governance. It has engaged local government units to work towards the vision of a wholesome, advanced, vibrant, equitable and sustainable Cebu,” said Davide.
Vice Governor Magpale, who has served as Our Cebu’s program manager since it started, said the recognition is the Capitol’s way of inspiring the stakeholders to participate in the cause to improve the communities.
San Francisco Vice Mayor Aaron Capao, Jr. credited their success to their Purok System that has been in place even before the Our Cebu Program. Capao said: “Through the Purok, an extension unit of the barangay, San Francisco’s residents are boarding the same boat towards progress and development.”
Tiotimo Nodalo, a retired teacher, who was tasked by then Mayor Alfredo Arquillano, Jr. to establish the Purok System, also said: “The Purok system allows the municipal government to explain its programs and policies down to the household level. It also encouraged them to participate in the attainment of its vision and mission.”
Second place went to the municipality of Liloan which received P750,000 while Naga City landed third place with P500,000 as cash prize.