On Gawad Parangal

Napulan: ‘It challenged me to do more’

MIAGAO, Iloilo – On top of the recognition as one of the Outstanding Local Chief Executives of the Philippines, for Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan, MD the Award has served as his inspiration and challenge to do even more for the people of Miagao in particular in the field of social governance.

“I am thankful to the people of Miagao for their support and for showing me that they are contended with the kind of service that I am giving (them).  This Award has in fact challenged me to serve and do even more,” said Mayor Napulan in his message before members of the panel of evaluators for the validation of his entry for the 2019 Gawad Parangal for Outstanding Local Chief Executives.

According to Mayor Napulan, he considered social governance is his top priority among other areas of local governance.  In his stint as Municipal Mayor, Miagao has steadfastly gained momentum and had earned significant development outputs and notable recognitions to include Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance, Seal of Good Local Governance, Seal of Good Housekeeping, Seal of Good Education Governance, Excellence in Local Governance, Gawad Kalasag, Pasidungog sa Nutrisyon Champion, among others.  These accomplishments granted him the recognition as Outstanding Local Chief Executive of the Philippines, 1st to 3rd Class Municipality in the Gawad Parangal 2018 by the Association of the Local Social Welfare and Development Officers of the Philippines Inc. (ALSWDOPI).

In his statement, Mr. Larry Petinglay, Gawad Parangal Chairperson for Visayas said that the Miagao, under the watch of Napulan, is incomparable.

“You are truly inspiring. Congratulations for a very comprehensive presentation.  Congratulations for making Miagao a great town,” he said.

For 2019 validation, the evaluators looked into the following as criteria:

  1. Annual Investment Plan, Comprehensive Local Development Plan and Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the last three years
  2. Narrative accomplishments with action photos focusing on the implementation of local social welfare and development programs and services within a year (based on LGPMS rating (2017-2018)
  3. Introduced innovative social welfare and development interventions and good practices
  4. Enacted Local Legislation in support to local social welfare and development programs.
  5. Appropriated funds for the implementation of local social welfare and development program/projects and services.
  6. Awards and commendations received.

The criteria were well answered in a 20-minute video presentation of total of forty three (43) LGU initiated programs and projects and best practices in the field of social governance namely Support to Education and Sustainable Livelihood Program, Oplan Salbar Bata, Child Development and Supplementary Feeding Program, Alay Lakad for ALS Learners, Miagao Assistance to College Students Program, Project DOK, I am for HOPE Project, 24/7 First Aid and Birthing Clinic, Basura Mo, Pagkaon Ko Project, Love and Care for the Elderly, Special Program for the Employment of Students, Support for Differently Abled Persons, Labor Market Information and Employment Facilitation Program, Senior Citizens’ Welfare Program, Women’s Month Celebration, Child and Youth Welfare Development Program, AICS in 15-minutes, Pre marriage Counseling, Solo Parent association of Miagao, Aftercare Transformation and Re-Integration for PWUDS, MAC Growth Program, DSWD Convergence Framework, Establishment of Animal Bite Treatment Center, Zero Open Defecation, Health and Nutrition Program, Project TOKSAM, Pasyente Ko, Sugaton Ko, Ugnayan sa Komunidad, Organic Agriculture Program, Cash for Work, Gulayan sa Barangay Health Station, Project BEST, Tourism Promotion and Development, Forest and Climate Change Protection Project, Local Economic Enterprise Development, Social Insurance and Protection, Social Protection for indigent Senior Citizen, Adaptation Management of Children, Referral of Abused, Neglected and Abandoned Children, We ACCESS, and Opening and Concreting of Farm to Market Roads.

Earlier, the Office of the Social Welfare and Development Officer headed by Mrs. Rosalinda Mueda and OIC-Municipal Administrator John F. Nocal earlier submitted a more or less 1000-page attachment to ensure that all areas of the criteria are justified.

“I am thankful that the people of Miagao are happy for having me as their leader,” concluded Mayor Napulan who won by a margin of 25,000 votes against his opponent in the 2019 elections.

Gawad Parangal is an annual search for outstanding service in the field of social work among local leaders and social workers.  The Search is initiated by the ALSWDOPI, a professional organization of the provincial, city and municipal social welfare and development officers in the country.

Result will be announced anytime soon and the awarding will be held at SMX MOA in Manila. (ABMande)