Banaag cites big development of natonin
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (29 May) -- Outgoing Natonin Mayor Anna Marie Banaag wants to leave a legacy that Natonin is in a very much better state today in terms of infrastructure, education and health.
Now in her last month as the chief executive of Natonin, Mountain Province, Banaag wishes that the new set of officials and the residents continue with unity and sense of pride in showing and promoting how beautiful Natonin is.
According to Banaag, Natonin already has its own community hospital with a P5 million extension project now on-going. Irrigation facilities, a children park and public comfort rooms are in place; a P50 million road concreting project between Paracelis and Natonin is already finished and a bridge connecting Natonin to Aguinaldo in Ifugao is already in place while road improvement project is ongoing.
Banaag also cited that the local government has been supportive to all the women's group in every barangay, as well as provided livelihood programs for persons with disability and senior citizens.
In terms of education, Banaag also confirmed that they are now far better. Aside from the formal educational institutions in their municipality, there is the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program and there are volunteer teachers funded by the LGU. The e-TV was also introduced in the area. The town's fifth high school facility is under construction.
Banaag also affirmed that people of Natonin are generally healthy with their health facilities/amenities. She lauded the Department of Health under Regional Director Myrna Cabotaje for being supportive in ensuring that government health programs reach the municipality.
She also expressed her gratitude to all the other government agencies which have contributed to the development of Natonin.
Banaag also proudly stressed that its One Town One Product (OTOP), which is Abaca has been vastly improved and can now be compared side-by-side or compete with any Abaca by-products or produce, in the country. This she thanked the support of the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIBA), which already established an office in Natonin.
Even with all the developments in Natonin, these will remain unnoticed unless there are people who will continue to promote, to ask visitors to come and visit Natonin, Banaag stressed.
In line with this, Banaag hopes that the government through the Department of Public Works and Highways, will soon put in road improvement projects going in and out of Natonin to promote the very promising eco-tourism of the said municipality.
Banaag, who did not seek re election, hopes that the next set of local officials will continue with the development programs and with the Sassaliwa festival to promote Natonin as an eco-tourism destination.
The Sassaliwa Festival is a brainchild of Banaag which has opened the doors of the virtually unknown place called Natonin to the outside world. With this festival which the outgoing mayor has been personally promoting outside of the province, many visitors have visited the place. (PIA) [top]