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9 outstanding citizens recognized in Lang-ay festival

by Juliet Saley

BONTOC, Mt. Province (28 April) -- Nine most outstanding citizens in the province were awarded during the 3rd Lang-ay Festival held on April 9, 2007.

Leading the awardees were mayors Gabino Ganggangan of Sadanga and Jupiter Dominguez of Sabangan as the most outstanding mayors in Mt. Province.

Other awardees include Arsenio G. Lamiing of Bun-ayan, Sabangan as the most outstanding solo parent. A retired caminero with ten children who are now all professionals, he is a role model in the community.

Susan Lamtocon-Aminor of Barlig, was recognized as the most outstanding teacher for conducting extension classes on reading and literacy work with out-of-school youth to advance their education, promote folklore and culture through curriculum integration of Barlig folktales.

Amadita Padua- Wagayan of Sadanga, who rendered 36 years of dedicated service and one of the 10 most outstanding midwife of the Philippines in 2002, was adjudged as the most outstanding midwife in the province.

Also awarded as the most outstanding Barangay Health Workers were Rhoda Bomowey Besay of Sagada with 24 years in service; Patricia Balao-as of Santa Isabel, Natonin, 25 years in service; and Beatriz P. Waggay of Palitod, Paracelis

These health workers go beyond their call of duty to attend to the sick and to those giving birth. They are the frontlines in mother and child care and they also initiate/conduct programs on literacy, sanitation and livelihood.

Engineer Rufino Bomasang of Besao, was also awarded as the most outstanding engineer.A man who rose from humble beginnings, he was the first Igorot undersecretary of energy.

These awardees were given trophies, tokens and plaques in recognition of their unselfish contribution to the ideals of the Igorots.

According to Mt. Province POPCOM Officer Lourdes Comitag, chairman of the Search and Awards Committee of Lang-ay 2007, nominees/entries were validated by the members of the committee. They were judged by their outstanding leadership and excellence in their contributions to the development of Mt. Province and the nation as a whole.

The nominees must have engaged in their field of endeavors for a substantial part of their life with documented proof subject to verification by the search and awards committee.

Comitag said the main objectives of this activity is to recognize significant achievements of the citizens of Mt. Province that has benefited their communities; to create the publicís awareness and give recognition to residents based on their outstanding achievements and contributions; and to inspire, lead others specially the youth of Mt. Province to emulate the achievements or leadership qualities of the awardees and to rally them in helping tackle the problems of the province and offer solutions. (PIA MP) [top]

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