SMI salutes and congratulate this year’s Most Outstanding Mayor Awardees 2014.
Ceremonial rites were staged at the Fontayne room of the Mandarin Hotel on March 25, 2014.
Large format certificates and the publication were released to the Most Outstanding Mayors.
“Media has reported with consistency the multiple scams and corruption scandals the past four months only to degrade the institutions politicians alleged, belong to. Who exactly are the winners and losers dictate the perceptions generated but overall it is the country that suffers most. The Most Outstanding Mayor Award is a refreshingly welcome change that salutes our local leaders who by their accomplishments serve their constituencies save nation building” says SMI President and CEO Harry Tambuatco
Hon. Bernard Faustino La Madrid Dy - Mayor, City Government of Cauayan, Isabela
Hon. Maria Belen “Maribel” A. Eusebio - Mayor, City Government of Pasig
Hon. Raulito “Amboy” T. Manlapaz Sr. - Mayor, Government of Hagonoy, Bulacan
Hon. Ryan Paolo V. Mencias - Mayor, Government of Alcala, Pangasinan
Hon. Eduardo Emor Ong, Jr. - Mayor, Government of Irosin, Sorsogon
Hon. Pablo Campos Ortega - Mayor, City Government of San Fernando, La Union
Hon. Ricarte R. Padilla - Mayor, Government of Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
Hon. Edgardo D. Pamintuan - Mayor, City Government of Angeles, Pampanga
Hon. Reynaldo O Parojinog, Sr. - Mayor, City Government of Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental
Hon. Rodrigo L. Rafael - Mayor, Government of Natividad, Pangasinan
Hon. Mayor Meynardo A. Sabili - Mayor, City Government of Lipa, Batangas
One of the fastest-growing cities in the region is Cauayan City, which plays as the literal domestic gateway to the valley, home of the Cauayan Domestic Airport.
“Name it, we have it,” Isabela Gov. Faustino “Bojie” Dy III said.
It is precisely these reasons that the Bambanti Festival was born during the term of the late Gov. Benjamin Dy, brother of the incumbent governor. Because of its predominantly agricultural landscape,
bambanti, an Ilocano term for “scarecrow,” became the adopted name for the yearly thanksgiving festival as it symbolizes food security.
“This year’s festival theme, ‘Flying High,’ means aiming higher to strengthen further the province’s gains as an agricultural investment and tourism destination not only in the Philippines, but as well as
in Southeast Asia,” said Vice Gov. Tonypet Albano, festival executive committee chairman.
To launch an international market, the province represented the Philippines in the China-Asean Expo in Nanning, China, last year.
Major highlights of the festival are individual display booths showcasing homemade products and eco-tourism potentials of the province’s 34 towns and three cities.
Designed after the festival theme, the most attractive centerpiece of each booth are flying Bambanti images like the corn rocket ship design of Ilagan. Cauayan depicted it with an airplane-style
Bambanti, while Palanan expressed it with a giant Pegasus covered with enormous dried fishes.
“Every year, we have different concepts of the festival because of the massive developments in each town, which need to be showcased for marketing, and the traditional street dance showdowns are
expected to exhibit our people’s best creative skills and live performances as the product of cooperative efforts,” said Dy.
2013 National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony. Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Awardee. Cauayan City sustainable and innovative programs towards reduced malnutrition. The City Nutrition Committee headed by Mayor Bernard Faustino M. Dy.
Alkansya Para sa Buntis preparing pregnant mothers financially by establishing a culture of careful budgeting and saving for a safe childbirth.
Batang Radyo sa Nutrisyon promotes good nutrition practices and healthy food choices through children-broadcasters.
Gulayan sa Kusina spearhead by City Green Ladies Organization provides supply of fresh and safe vegetables and makes use of recyclable containers.
Barangay Food Terminals sell reasonably-priced rice, poultry, meat, fish, eggs, vegetables and fruits.
Lactation Stations established in the City Health Office, City Hall, Public Market, District Hospital, and Barangay Health Stations through a local resolution adopting the IYCF strategy.
All these projects and activities by the CNC and its partners contributed to the reduction in the prevalence of under nutrition among preschool children.
Bukod pa riyan, sinabi rin ni Dy, na malaki ang potensyal sa turismo ng Isabela. Aniya pa, tulad ng katimugan ng Pilipinas, maraming napakagagandang destinasyong panturismo ang Isabela, pero, di-tulad sa timog, ang Isabela ay may mga "virgin" at di-pa nadedebelop na destinasyong panturista. Isa aniya ito sa mga atraksyong inaalok ng Isabela sa lahat ng gustong maglagak ng puhunan dito.