by Imelda C. Rivero
VIGAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) – The Heritage City of Vigan is the cleanest, safest, and greenest city of Ilocos Region for 2016, as rated by the evaluating team composed of various agencies in the region.
The award was received by City Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina, Vice Mayor Maria Lourdes Baquiran and the City Council, and concerned department heads of the city government, during the annual awards and recognition program of the Regional Development Council – Region 1at the Vigan Convention Center recently.
The awarding ceremony was held after Medina delivered the State of the Region Address (SORA) as the chairperson of the Council.
“This is not an award of the LGU, but the city. This is just a validation of the services of the city, the hardships of the LGU employees, the barangays, non-government organizatins and other sectors of the city, said Medina.
He added, “Although the city is the poorest city with little fund, when this fund is well spent, more services are given to residents.”
In his speech, he also did not fail to acknowledge the hardships of her mother, former Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina.
“What Mayor Eva started, what she sacrificed for was good for the city since 1995. This is the fruit. She worked hard for this. And the department heads believed in her administration’s thrusts that they supported her until now,” he said.
Medina said that it is Vigan’s clean river, protected trees, well managed wastes, solved issues, the residents’ feeling of safety in their neighborhood, and the visitors’ confidence in the safe city completed the profile of the city to get the award.
The rate of crime is lesser compared to other cities in the region with the help of the Philippine National Police. This year, the city government will also install CCTV cameras to further keep the tourist areas safe.
Since the search is conducted annually, Medina said that the city must join yearly not just to get an award, but to have the city evaluated where the deficiencies and needs of the city are known.
“To sustain the validation of the city as the safest, cleanest and greenest city in Ilocos region, services and programs must continue to be given to residents, like what Mayor Eva did. This award is just an incentive for all the hard work,” said Medina.
The mayor appealed to all residents to keep the city clean. No littering in the neighborhood will mean clogged canals that usher flooding, he said, adding that residents must advice those who litter and must help one another. (JNPD/ICR/PIA-1, Ilocos Sur).