December 6, 2022

Mayor Benjamin Magalong was declared the national winner in the People Manager of the Year category of the Philippine Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Awards, besting the regional winners of Mindanao, Visayas, and the National Capital Region for the distinction.
Magalong was the regional winner for Luzon.
He thanked Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, Councilor Vladimir Cayabas, City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña, City Human Resource Management Officer Augustin Laban III, and other officials and employees for their support and efforts in helping him garner the award.
Magalong is a staunch advocate of good governance and spearheaded the formulation of a three-year 15-point agenda to achieve a “better Baguio.”
These include speeding up government action; revitalizing the environment; innovating peace and order; aggressive traffic management; responsive education program; empowering the youth; expanding health and social services; responsible tourism; and enlivened culture, arts, crafts and heritage.
It also pushes for market modernization, efficient disaster management, empowered and accountable barangay governance, strengthened livelihood and entrepreneurial services, unemployment reduction, and resolution of indigenous people’s land claims.
Institutionalized in 1977, the PMAP Awards is a values-driven, principles-led, evidence-based, innovation-enabled, output-oriented program that publicly honors organizations, individuals and people programs that have achieved excellence and distinction in people management.
Cayabas, who is the PMAP regional president, said PMAP is a professional, non-stock, not-for-profit organization of over 1,800 companies and individual management executives engaged or interested in human resource management and industrial relations work.
“As a professional institution, PMAP helps institutions mold an enlightened, competent, socially responsible, and influential sector of people managers who can effectively participate in nation-building,” he said.
The organization also helps its members become more effective on the job by teaching the human aspect of management via numerous career development forums and training programs, Cayabas added. – Gaby B. Keith