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Bonior earns DSWD outstanding mayor award

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (6 February) -- THE mayor of San Miguel town recently reaped a singular accolade from the national government for putting up innovate bureaucratic measures to dent on poverty in his town.

Mayor Claudio Bonior recently received the Most Outstanding Mayor of the Philippines award from the World Bank and its project funds implementer; the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shared municipal information officer Menandro Pesquera in an interview.

The award was for DSWD Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) Special Leadership Awards for local chief executives.

The awarding which was held at the Imperial Palace in Quezon City last February 3 was also attended by awardees from all KALAHI CIDSS areas across the country, reports from San Miguel bared.

Coming in after the DSWD has earlier tied up a partnership with the town, Bonior took poverty alleviation by heart while persuading his colleagues in government to prioritize counterpart support for the country's social service delivery program, sources close to the mayor added.

"He also pushed for the empowerment of communities consistent with the community driven development tenets adopted for projects under the DSWD," Pesquera stressed.

According to him, with poverty stalking the town barangays, Bonior strongly pursued community participation in deciding priority development project which the town can counterpart.

Projects his town partnered with World Bank funds implemented by the DSWD include key farm to market access roads, irrigation spillways, rural electrification projects, school buildings, health centers rain collectors and farm impounding systems, he enumerated.

San Miguel tapped the DSWD KALAHI CIDSS from the national government since 2006 and Bonior continued on the steps to poverty alleviation when he assumed office in May of 2007.

Making the KALAHI CIDSS a top town priority supported program, his move also enthused people belonging to the San Miguel Area Coordinating Team, Pesquera said.

The town area coordinating team also won two more awardees: Engr. Ronilo Gauma for outstanding project engineer and Cherry Merin as outstanding municipal roving book keeper in the Philippines. (PIA) [top]

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