Once again, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya, represented by its Chairperson and Municipal Mayor, Atty. Ronelie dP. Ubando-Valtoribio, was declared as the best Council in the whole of Region 02 under the 4th to 6th class municipality category by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 02 which conferred the honors during the 19th Gawad KALASAG Regional Search Awarding Ceremony at the Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on July 14, 2017. This was the third time that MDRRMC Villaverde won the prestigious title having been adjudged as Top One during the 17th and 18th Gawad KALASAG searches. It is must be noted that the municipality of Villaverde was the National Winner during the 17th edition of the Search.
KALASAG – a Filipino word which means “shield” in the English language is actually an acronym for “KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing and Kaligtasan”. Gawad KALASAG was conceived to encourage participation of various stakeholders in crafting and implementing DRRM programs aimed at protecting or shielding high risk communities against hazards. It was initiated in 1998 as NDRRMC’s recognition scheme in its search for excellence on DRRM and humanitarian assistance. Also, it is the mechanism in obtaining sustained commitment and support by recognizing exceptional contributions of DRRM practitioners in strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of nations and communities to disaster risks.
Asks for comments, the MDRRMC Chairperson and Local Chief Executive, Atty. Ronelie dP. Ubando-Valtoribio said, “Consciousness, not mechanics or procedures, is the key.” This was the guiding principle when the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (MDRRMC) whish chairs, formulated its 2016 Plans, Programs/Projects and Activities (PPA’s). Being a multi-stakeholder plan, every member of the Council had a sense of ownership or authorship to it. Hence, its smooth implementation, monitoring and evaluation was, more or less, assured.
Thus, the municipality has proven, once again, that a foundation of inner attitude, experience and an aspiration for a new consciousness underlies all disaster risk reduction and management works undertaken – that of PREPAREDNESS, READINESS and RESILIENCE. The people of Villaverde would say that this inner attitude – more elusive, more difficult to express than strategy and procedure – is the true source of all exterior manifestation.
Moreover, when the political leadership offered itself to the electorate, it did so with a program of governance based on the fundamental tenet of stakeholdership – that only by working together as a team, with every citizen pitching in his or her share, the people can build a better and more disaster-resilient community of Villaverdians, anchored on a consultative, transparent, responsive and accountable governance.
Finally, the municipality of Villaverde had demonstrated to the whole region that the true gem of a community is its people and no one else. # Cecilio S. Navalta, Jr.
The Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Office conferred municipalities and barangays during the awarding Ceremony of the Nueva Vizcayas Bests: An Award Recognizing the HUSAY VIZCAYANO Exemplars of Governance and Public Service held last November 3, 2016 at Sacred Heart Center, St. Mary’s University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
Once more, the Municipality of Villaverde bagged the award as 2016 Most Outstanding Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Implementer and 2016 Most Outstanding Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) Implementer of the Province. Moreover, some of the barangays of the municipality also received awards for being the 2016 Most Outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC) of the Province (Barangay Ibung) and 2016 Most Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa of the Province – 4th-6th Class Municipality Category (Barangay Bintawan Norte).
Futhermore, last November 8, 2016, the very enthusiastic Municipal Mayor, Vice Mayor, SB members and barangay officials also received the awards as Regional winner of the 2016 Most Outstanding Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Implementer and 2016 Most Outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC) in Region 02 given at Ilagan, Isabela.
These numerous awards given by recognizing bodies will surely paved the way to boost the morale of municipalities and barangays for them to strive more to become successful and be more efficient to pursue excellence in local governance and public service.
Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) is an award and incentive program for performing local governments to encourage and challenge all provinces, cities and municipalities to improve on their performance and service delivery. For a Local Government Unit (LGU) to become SGLG recipient, it needs to pass all the three core assessment areas – Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection and Disaster Preparedness, and at least one from the essential assessment areas – Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace & Order or Environmental Management.
The Municipality of Villaverde did not only pass the three core assessment areas but also accomplished with flying colors the three essential areas set by DILG thus the Municipality was conferred for the second time as one of the municipalities that got the highest mark in the challenge to earn the Seal among 306 municipalities. All the hardwork and efforts of all the involved agencies within the municipality paved out because SGLG award is the highest award given by the Department of Interior and Local Government SGLG symbolizes the integrity and good performance of the Local Government.
The award winning LCE of Villaverde humbly accepted the conferment last October 27, 2016 at Sofitel, Pasay City.
Kalasag is a Filipino Term for shield used by early Filipinos as a means of protection from attacks of enemies or harmful animals. Relatedly, Gawad KALASAG was conceived to protect or shield high risk communities against hazards by encouraging participation of various stakeholders in designing and implementing Disaster and Risk Management (DRM) programs.
Gawad “KALASAG” which means KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan is being awarded to NGOs, individuals, private sectors and government organizations to recognize their ingenuity in helping the government enrich the standard of disaster management in the country.
The National Validating Team of Gawad Kalasag was astonished with the accomplishments of the Municipality of Villaverde though it’s only a 5th Class Municipality, its endeavors on Disaster and Risk Management Programs were exceptional. With pride and honor, last May 2, 2016, the Officials and the Technical Working Group of the Gawad Kalasag of Villaverde received its award as the winner of the Best Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (4TH to 6TH Class Category) at Chardonay by Astoria, Pasig City. The commitment and exceptional hard work of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management (MDRRM) of our municipality paved off by being a Gawad Kalasag Awardee of 2016!
Once again, Villaverde has proven itself to all Novo Vizcayanos that despite of being a 5th class municipality as well as the smallest town of Nueva Vizcaya, it can be a GIGANTIC in terms of talent and ingenuity. The town was adjudged as the Best Performing Local Government Unit during the recently concluded Nueva Vizcaya’s Ammungan Festival 2015 last May 21-24, 2015. Because of the common goal of the Villaverdians to realize success, it achieved the awards of 1st place for Lola Ganda 2015, 2nd Runner-up on Street Dancing (“Paddek ken Saniweng”), 3rd place on the Float Competition (Kuligligan), 3rd place on the Search for Best Booth (Balay ti Away), 3rd Runner-up on the Search for Saniata ti Nueva Vizcaya 2015 and Mr. Talent for Lolo Pogi 2015.
All the sweat, preparation, hardwork, overtime and collaboration of the involved individuals in each contested category through the leadership of the very able Municipal Mayor Atty Ronelie dP. Ubando-Valtoribio were compensated by of the honor that they had been awarded to the municipality. Indeed, there is truth in the adage of Publilius Syrus that WHERE THERE IS UNITY, THERE IS ALWAYS VICTORY!
The MUNICIPALITY OF VILLAVERDE has been declared again by the National Corn Technical Search Committee and the National Steering Committee as winner of the 2014 National Quality Corn Achievers Award. The prize is 1 Million for Corn related projects. Likewise, awardee for the Municipal Corn Coordinator Category is MS. CONCEPCION C. VIERNES and for the Agricultural Extension Category is MS. JOHNA VIOA P. DACANAY.
The 2nd National quality Corn Achievers Awarding Ceremony will be on November 20, 2014 during the 10th Philippine National Corn Congress on November 18-21, 2014 at Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City.
The municipality was already an awardee for the 2013 1st National Quality Corn Achievers Award, also with the Municipal Corn coordinator and Agricultural Extension Categories. From the 0.5 Million prize, a service vehicle, 2 units hand tractor driven corn planter and 50 pieces jabber planter were purchased.
The Research Project entitled “Enhancing Productivity and Profitability of Rainfed Rice-Based Farming through Participatory Action Research in Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya” garnered the 1st Place in Development Category (LGU-Managed) during the CY 2014 R & D Inhouse Review and Planning Workshop which was held at DA-CVRC, San Felipe, Ilagan City, Isablea on September 24-25, 2014. The same paper was adjudged 1st Place during the CY 2013 R & D Inhouse Review Palnning Workshop. This research study is a collaborative project of PLGU Nueva Vizcaya and MLGU Villaverde funded by the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agriculture Research (DA-BAR). The researchers are J.V.P. Dacanay, B.M. Lopez, A.B. Domingo, O.J. Lorenzana, R.B. Olinares, L.A. Gaspar, C.A. Pascua, R.M. Labucay. The prize is 0.30 Million worth of research project.
The Municipality of Villaverde celebrated its 57th Founding Anniversary on August 30, 31 and September 1, 2014. During the pre-founding anniversary on August 29, 2014, the activities were medical and dental mission of the Municipal Health Office in coordination with the Provincial Health Office and Philippine Dental Association (Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao Chapter), Diabetic Screening of the Order of the Amaranth, Comelec Mobile Registration, Eye Check-up by Dr. Clarinda Mae Laciste and Jobs Fair of the Public Employment Services Office (PESO). Distribution of vegetable and fruit bearing seedlings and anti-rabies vaccination of the Municipal Agriculture Office were also conducted.
On the first day of the Fiesta, August 30, 2014, it was started with Diana Around the Town at 4:00 in the morning followed by the Panagsakbay Fun Run which was participated by the LGU employees, teachers of the Elementary and Secondary schools of Villaverde and PNP marshals. The Opening Program was done at around 8 AM followed by the extra challenge and parlor games that was participated by the LGU employees, barangay officials and employees and the PNP. In the afternoon, there was a friendship game (basketball) between Our Lady of Fatima School of Villaverde and Bintawan National High School and the LGU-employees and PNP marshals.
There were booths in the Agro-Trade Fair beside the LGU gym which were displayed by 3 barangays (Bintawan Sur, Bintawan Norte and Ibung). They featured their agricultural and processed products available in their place.
The “Dayag ti Villaverde” was featured on the first night of the FIESTA. A huge crowd of spectators came to watch the beauties from the different barangays of Villaverde. The dayag of Barangay Pieza, Ms. Romellean Joy D. Pontino, won the title.
On the second day, August 31, 2014, the WAT WAT FESTIVAL was the highlighted activity. In the afternoon, there were 15 couples in the municipality who joined the MASS WEDDING activity which was officiated by the very supportive Municipal Mayor, Atty. Ronelie dP. Ubando-Valtoribio. Dinner was served to the couples and to their relatives as a gift of the LGU on their wedding. The Municipal Civil Registry Office spearheaded the activity.
The Grand Finale of the Search for Little Ambassador of Goodwill was held on the second night. Ten public elementary schools and one private school joined the said event to search for the best kids that will become local models in their respective barangays. According to Mr. Jonathan Valdez, Organizing Committee Member, the search aims to develop the children’s personality, boost their self-confidence and develop their talents. The children’s representative of Turod Elementary School, Sean Hendrix R. Evangelista and Christine Mae M. Hernandez, garnered the title for Mr. and Ms. Little Ambassador of Goodwill. Moreover, the two children also bagged the award of Mr. and Ms. Wit. The second part of the program is the People’s Night and Raffle Draw. Barangay Poblacion garnered the awards for Villaverde’s Best for the Best Barangay, Best Punong Barangay, Best Treasurer, Best Secretary and Best Barangay council. Different organizations in Villaverde and some barangays presented dance numbers which entertained the audience.
During the closing program on the last day,September 1, 2014, it started with a thanksgiving mass which was followed by a parade with the different local and national agencies of Villaverde participating. The Bintawan National High School presented a great street dancing demonstration. Moreover, the lively performance of the drum and lyre of the Our Lady of Fatima School of Villaverde and the Bintawan North Elementary School were being applauded by the spectators.
In general, the 57th Founding Anniversary of the Municipality was a splendid success. A great thanks to the Director General, Hon. Alexander S. Urban and to all who contributed to the success of the event.
Villaverde Diamond Ecopark. The DENR-PENRO and the Municipal LGU of Villaverde jointly celebrated the Ocean Month and International Day for Biological Diversity through a “Mass Tree Planting” last May 23, 2014 (Friday) held at the National Greening Program (NGP) Site 2012 at Balaquit SWIP or the Villaverde Diamond Ecopark, Bintawan Norte, Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya.
The tree planting activity was attended by almost 300 participants composed of the Municipal officials and employees, DENR-PENRO and CENRO personnel, DepEd Villaverde District, PNP, BFP, barangay officials of the 9 barangays, MAFC, Court # 47-Order of the Amaranth, and Sang-at Salug members.
The seedlings planted were provided by the DENR-PENRO personnel headed by Forester Marlon C. Agnar, the PENR Officer of Nueva Vizcaya. There are about 1500 forest tree seedlings and cuttings planted consist of 500-Narra, 500-Bugnay, 200-Molave, 150-Jathropa/Tagumbao, and 150-Madre Cacao/Kakawate. The participants also brought empty plastic bottles with at least 1.0 to 1.5 liter capacity which was installed in the planted seedlings as an improvised water system thru drip method. The installation of plastic bottles filled with water will increase the survival rate of planted seedlings in the NGP site. ###fsagraan2014
As a sign of reverence and thanksgiving to the Almighty God for His countless blessings to all Villaverdians, the Local Government Unit sponsored the first Holy Mass for 2014 last January 6 at 8 in the morning infront of the Municipal hall. The Lord showered the municipality with countless achievements for the past year of 2013 and He had kept the place safe and protected against disasters. To glorify His mighty Name, the activity was held.
The Municipal Mayor, Atty. Ronelie dP. Ubando-Valtoribio spearheaded the event with other municipal officials, barangay officials, municipal employees and non-government organizations such as MAFC, RIC, Green Ladies and Senior Citizens of Villaverde. Father Quezon Juan, the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima officiated the mass with his company.
Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya. For the first time and not the usual way, the Local Government Unit of Villaverde celebrated the Advent Season through a “Christmas Tree Planting” last December 23, 2013 (Monday) held at Balaquit SWIP or the Villaverde Diamond Ecopark at Bintawan Norte, Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya. The activity was conceptualized in order to give back to nature and to show sympathy to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, Bohol Earthquake, and Zamboanga siege.
The celebration started with the registration of 220 participants from the Municipal officials and employees, PNP, MLGOO, barangay officials, senior citizens, LBL, Amaranth, and guests from partner agencies such as DENR-CENRO Bayombong and PLGU-ENRO. It was followed by the tree planting of 100 coconut, 150 mahogany, 100 coffee, and 100 guayabano seedlings. Each participant brought their own tree guards for the two seedlings planted by them.
After the tree planting, the program proper was held. The welcome remarks was delivered by Hon. Alexander Urban, SB Member and Committee Chairman on Environment and Natural Resources. He welcomed the participants and presented the ordinances and resolutions made by the Sangguniang Bayan relative to environment especially the legitimization of the Forest Land-Use Plan (FLUP) of the municipality. Hon. Atty. Ronelie U. Valtoribio, the Municipal Mayor and prime advocate of the Re-Greening Villaverde Project (RVP) provided the opening remarks by thanking the participants in joining the activity. The year-end report of the MENRO Section and the MDRRMC were delivered by Mr. Fernando S. Agraan, MENRO Designate and Mr. Cecilio S. Navalta Jr., MDRRMO Designate, respectively.
For.Victoriano Obeña, Forestry Specialist of DENR-CENRO Bayombong and For. Romulo Camat, Division Chief for Watershed Development of PLGU-ENRO gave their inspirational messages to the participants. They extended the support and commitments for the implementation of the newly approved Forest Land-Use Plan (FLUP) of the municipality. The program ended through a closing message given by Hon. Kruwel JD. Dacumos, Vice-Mayor.
After the program, a sacrificial lunch was held and the Christmas gift giving to the participants by Mayor Valtoribio.