SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION – The City Government led by Mayor Pablo C. Ortega bestowed recognition to its partners in public service and model barangays during the Grand People’s Day “Aldaw ti Pammadayaw” on Dec. 14 in ceremonies held in front of the city hall here.

The awardees were former City Mayor Mary Jane C. Ortega and Pastor Brennus Paragas, chair and vice- chair, respectively of the Multi-Sectoral Governance Council.

Also awarded were 13 council members representing the business, academe, media, women and tourism sectors, namely: Ives Q. Nisce, Aldrico Dy, Robert Lim, Gerry Parlan, Cresencio Fernandez, Rufino Macagba, Marc Lawrence Aquino, Dr. Fatima Boado, Joseph Bernard Valero, Milagros Abuan, Agnes Grace Cargamento, Florence Mendoza and Jeanny Hao.

National government agencies that contributed to the development of the city income generating projects products as well as health services were also awarded. These are the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health including the Bureau of Fisheries and Natural Resources.

Non-government agencies such as the La Union Host and LD Lion’s Club, Rotary Club of San Fernando, La Union Medical Society, La Union Dental Association, Innerwheel Club, the Philippine Red Cross-San Fernando Chapter and the Federation of Barangay Health and Wellness Volunteers were also awarded in their support to medical and dental missions held in all the city’s barangays..

Also bestowed recognition were public and private stakeholders, private organizations like Mercury Drug Corporation, Soiltech Agricultural Products and AQN Smart Communications.

Plaques were also presented to all the 59 barangays of the city, along with P 500,000.00 worth of projects to the eight Model Barangays, namely, Barangays I, Madayegdeg, San Agustin, Lingsat, Sibuan-Otong, Cadaclan, Pao Sur and Bangbangolan.

These barangays complied with the Model Barangay Initiative guidelines such as the following: strong Public-Private Partnership, ISO Certification and operational Income Generating Project (IGP).

Entertainment was provided by students of of Saint Louis College and raffle prizes were given such as noche buena (Christmas) packs worth P500.00 each and health and wellness, sports and educational and occupational wellness packages worth P30,000.00 each were given to all residents who availed of the different services offered to them.

Free medical and dental check-ups; medicines and vitamins; services like manicure, pedicure and haircut, Hilot for Health (massage) and kids coloring and reading activities were provided to more than 1,300 residents.

The People’s Day started in 2012 as a regular program of the city government in which public services are delivered to residents. In 2015, three activities were conducted in the different districts in March, June and October, with December being the year- end celebration. Anne Hazel F. Flores/City Media Bureau