Lobregat, DILG sign MOA for P2M Gawad Pamana award PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 December 2011 17:00

Officials from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office yesterday formally handed over to Mayor Celso Lobregat the P2 million check representing the city government’s prize for having been adjudged aas regional winner in the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, an award for exemplary performance in local governance. 

Simultaneous with the formal turnover of the prize held at City Hall was the formal signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the implementation of the local development projects corresponding to the cash award and aligned to priorities of the national government on the Millennium Development Goals.

The MOA was signed by DILG-9 Assistant Regional Director Pedro Cuevas and Mayor Lobregat and witnessed by DILG-City Director Atty. Mohammad Taha Arakama and Assistant City Planning Officer Jojo Sicat.

Mayor Lobregat said the city’s prize will be used to purchase computer units for distribution to 5 public elementary schools and 5 secondary public high schools.

The provision of the computer units to the public schools is in line with the goal of increasing the passing rate in the National Achievement Test (NAT) as well as increasing computer literacy. Specifically, the project will address the gaps in achieving university primary education and aims to address Goal 2 of the MDG as it will increase the net enrolment ratio in primary education and boost the proportion of pupils and or students who finished schooling by stimulating interest on basic
computer learning. The project likewise hopes to supplement teaching strategies and enhance efficiency in teaching to achieve better literacy rates.

The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award is initiated by the DILG in recognition of exemplary and noteworthy efforts of deserving LGUs through an award system. The award is conferred to LGUs for reasons of exemplary performance in administrative governance, social, economic and environmental governance drawn from the database of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), Seal of good Housekeeping, International organization or National Government Agency.

As regional winner in the city category in Region 9, Zamboanga is qualified to the national search which will be held in 2012. — Sheila Covarrubias