Receiving millions of pesos is one of the great gifts at the beginning of the New Year, as the cash awards have been officially given to the first Barangay Empowerment Program (BEP) winners.
Following the series of evaluation for the Best Performing Barangay for 2020, champions of two (2) barangay categories -the rural and urban were awarded during the city’s 81st Foundation Anniversary and Hinugyaw Festival 2021 celebration.
Out of the 15 barangays under the urban classifications, three (3) winners have been announced composed of Barangay Concepcion which garnered first place and received a monetary award of Php3,000,000.00, followed by Barangay Topland as second place with Php2,000,000.00 and Barangay Gen. Paulino Santos (GPS) which landed third placer and the Php1,000,000.00 cash prize.
For the rural category, which consists of 12 barangays, Caloocan won the grand and special prizes, which includes Php3,000,000.00 cash as first placer in the Search for the Best Performing Barangay, Cleanest, and Most Beautifully Landscaped Barangay, Best Community Garden, and Nursery while finalist in Cleanest and Most Beautifully Landscaped Purok/Sitio.
Meanwhile, Barangay Cacub took second place with Php2,000,000.00 while Barangay Rotonda end up in third place and won Php1,000,000.00.
In an interview with the winning barangay captains, everyone said that infrastructure facilities would be among their priorities such as the installation of solar lights in their main thoroughfares and dark passages and repair of drainage canals. They will also intensify the campaign for solid waste management program that is why Barangay Captain John Manaay of Caloocan wants to purchase land for Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) while Barangay Captain Ma. Angelica of Topland wants to acquire a shredder machine.
Aside from those mentioned above, winning barangays would like also to strengthen their purok empowerment program through allocating budget in a form of a project for them to become motivated in participating in activities both in barangay and citywide level. Meanwhile, the roadsides of each barangay are also expected to continue to improve.
Further, the barangay captains who won the contest were Brgy. Capt. Mema Joquiño (Concepcion), Ma. Angelica Bermil (Topland) and Margarita Subaldo (GPS) under rural category while Brgy. Capt. John Manaay (Caloocan), Oscar Magluyan (Cacub) and Jerry Marmonejo (Rotonda) for urban barangays.
On the other hand, other special awards include: