June 24, 2024

The Cordillera Regional Development Council recognized the region’s outstanding volunteers in the fight against the Covid-19.
Cordillera’s 2021 Most Outstanding Covid-19 volunteer is Celemencia Basilio Lapas, a cutflower and vegetable farmer and dealer at the La Trinidad Trading Post.
She coordinated the donations of unsold vegetables from fellow traders that were distributed or given for free to families and individuals affected by the lockdowns.
The Most Outstanding Volunteer Organization awardee is the Baguio Everlasting Lions Club, which with its “Service at Heart” motto, provided snacks and lunch to 16,500 frontline workers and assisted in vaccination drives during the pandemic.
Lapas and the Baguio Everlasting Lions Club were Cordillera’s representative in the virtual awarding of the country’s Outstanding Covid-19 Volunteers that was spearheaded by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency.
Other awardees for the 2021 Regional Outstanding Covid-19 Volunteers are Dr. Joanne Balderas and Rieon John Ezekiel.
Balderas, a member of the board of directors of Baguio Everlasting Lions Club, initiated the coordination of food banks and donation drives for frontline workers.
Ezekiel, a 19-year-old student from Baguio City, who, with his experience as Disaster Risk Reduction and Management member in his college, volunteered for the Covid-19 response activities in their barangay and mostly acting as point person for contact tracing and disinfection.
RDC-Cordillera Vice Chairperson and National Economic Development Authority-Cordillera Director Susan Sumbelling, joined by other executives of line agencies, led the awarding of the plaque of recognition to the awardees during the First Quarter Full Council RDC meeting on March 9. – Carlito C. Dar