The City of Urdaneta stood out once again as a model of good governance as it was awarded two citations last week.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of the Interior and Local Government conferred the 2016 Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance to Urdaneta City during the awarding ceremonies in Baguio City on June 28, 2017. Urdaneta was cited for its “commitment in promoting child rights to survival, development, protection and participation, towards a Child-Friendly Philippines: A Caring and Protective Society For, By and With the Children”.
Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV, Vilma Lapitan, the City Social Welfare and Development Officer, and Melinda Buada, the DILG City Director, personally received the recognition from DSWD Regional Director Nicomedes Castillo and DILG official Hope Ordonio.
A day earlier, Mayor Perez and Reynaldo Quinto, the Environmental Services Division Head, received the Best Sinocalan-Dagupan River System Water Quality Management Area (SDRS-WQMA) Implementer for 2016 award from the Environmental Management Bureau – Region I during the Region 1 Solid Waste Management Summit held in Bauang, La Union.
Urdaneta garnered the award in recognition of its “sustained efforts in cleaning, rehabilitating and enhancing the Macalong River which greatly contributes to the improvement of the water quality of the Sinocalan-Dagupan River System, leading to the protection and preservation of the environment”. Part of the award is a grant of P150,000 worth of projects.
The Urdaneta City Engineered Sanitary Landfill was also adjudged as the best managed landfill in the region.