Aklan gives out over P1.2-M in cash prizes for re-greening, beautification project
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (4 June) -- A total of P1,225,000 in cash prizes was given out by the Provincial Government of Aklan to winners of its Re-Greening and Beautification Project.
The awarding of prizes to winners was one of the highlights of Aklan's 53rd anniversary celebration as a separate province from Capiz during its commemorative program April 25 held at the ABL Sports Complex.
Barangays which were adjudged big winners in the contest include Linayasan in Altavas (Eastern Side) and Tagas, Tangalan (Western Side) which both won first prize, getting P100,000 each; Barangays Calizo, Balete (Eastern Side) and Sta. Cruz, Bigaa (Western Side); second prize, P75,000 each; and Fulgencio, Balete (Eastern) and Dongon West, Numancia (Western), third prize,P50,000 each.
For Residential entries, winners in the Eastern Side were Mateo Soncuya Jr. of Libas, Banga, first prize, P30,000; Clarita C. Fernandez, Pook, Kalibo, second, P20,000; and Remedios C. Gammad, Pook, Kalibo, third, P10,000.
For the Western Side, residential entry winners were Leaflor C. Pingoy of Buenasuerte, Nabas, first prize, P30,000; Zenaida C. Cesar, Gibon, Nabas, P20,000; and Gerry A. Revestir of Sta. Cruz, Lezo, third, P10,000.00.
Special awards were also given to some best performing barangays. From the Western side, awardees include Poblacion Malinao, adjudged Best Rock Artworks Landscape; Jawili, Tangalan, Best in Brgy. Mobilization and People's Participation; Panayakan, Tangalan, Best in Thematic Design; Laguinbanua East, Numancia, Most Diversified Plant Landscape; and Bagongbayan, buruanga, Best in Indigenous landscape. These awardees received P10,000 each.
For Residential Category Western Side, awardees who received P5,000 each were Godelyn A. Lambito of Toledo, Nabas, Best in Artisitic Design; Bobby Tauna, Sambiray, Malay, Best in Variety of Plants, Iris Joligon, Tabangka, Numancia, Best in Ecological Landscape, and Blas Amacio of Poblacion Nabas, Best in Aesthetic Design.
For the Eastern Side, the only barangay with a special award was Polo, New Washington which was adjudged Best in Innovative Partnership Concept which received P10,000.
On the other hand, residential category winners were John Kenneth Traje of Tambak, New Washington, Most Promising Landscape Entrepreneur; Henry Panado of Cabugao, Altavas,, Best In Integrated Gardening Approach; Piedad M. Castillo of Tabayon, Banga, Best in Ecological Landscape, and Guillermo Mamay of Feliciano, Balete, Best in Aestheic Design. These special awardees received P5,000 each.
Municipal Awardees were also chosen. For the Eastern Side, Balete was adjudged Best In Barangay Mobilization and Award Performance while the Municipality of Tangalan for the Western Side was Best in Barangay Mobilization and Performance. These 2 municipalities got P50,000 each.
Aklan's remaining 15 municipalities which joined the contest were also awarded P30,000 each.
The contest was launched by the Provincial Government of Aklan headed by Governor Carlito Marquez November of last year to rehabilitate and re-green the roadsides with flowering and ornamental plants along the road network of the province composing the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) which was destroyed by Typhoon Frank. The project was also aimed to be another tourist attraction in the province for tourist and visitors passing the SRNH.
The awards were handed.out to winners by Governor Marquez, Presidental Assistant for the Visayas Raul Banias who was the commemorative program's guest speaker, and Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores. (PIA) [top]