December 1, 2023

Despite the presence of some “rotten eggs” (unfortunately, every organization or aspects of society seem to have these unwanted elements), this near-sighted Ibaloy writer believes that most of the city’s barangay officials are dedicated, hard-working, and honest public servants who deserve the full support and cooperation of their constituents. After all, they are the elected leaders of their respective barangays, the basic unit of our beloved country’s bureaucracy or political structure.
The barangay’s importance as a building block for local and national progress is crucial and must not be underestimated but rather supported and enhanced. Under the leadership of Mayor Benjie Magalong, the city government has included in its 15-point collective core agenda the push for an empowered and accountable barangay governance. Hooray!
With this in mind, the Summer Capital’s best performing barangays for 2018 were lauded and given special awards in various categories recently during a memorable awards night at Venus Hotel.
The champion barangays in each category were given P50,000 and a plaque of recognition while the runners up were awarded plaques of recognition for their achievements.
They were chosen by 36 evaluators from various government offices and agencies led by Department of the Interior and Local Government-Baguio Head Evelyn Trinidad, Severina De Leon of the city budget office and Prosecutor Ruth Bernabe of the Department of Justice.
Sol Go, representing Rep. Mark Go, Executive Asst. I Benjamin Macadangdang for Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, and Trinidad delivered their respective messages. They extolled the winners and reminded all barangay officials to lead by example and do their duties “without fear or favor” for the realization of a better Baguio. Mabuhay!

Here’s “Woman Work” by Maya Angelou: “I’ve got the children to tend/ The clothes to mend/ The floor to mop/ The food to shop/ Then the chicken to fry/ The baby to dry/ I got company to feed/ The garden to weed/ I’ve got shirts to press/ The tots to dress/ The can to be cut/ I gotta clean up this hut/ Then see about the sick/ And the cotton to pick./ Shine on me, sunshine/ Rain on me, rain/ Fall softly, dewdrops/ And cool my brow again./ Storm, blow me from here/ With your fiercest wind/ Let me float across the sky/ ‘Til I can rest again./ Fall gently, snowflakes/ Cover me with white/ Cold icy kisses and/
Let me rest tonight./ Sun, rain, curving sky/ Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone/ Star shine, moon glow/
You’re all that I can call my own.”

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