Vice Governor Agnes Magpale mentioned the program’s resumption in a meeting with the barangay and municipal officials of Borbon, northern Cebu and Governor Hilario P. Davide III.
A proper announcement on the implementation will be given to the local government units soon.
It may officially start this January and the awarding ceremony would be held in December or the following year.
Magpale said the program was originally called “Our Cebu” program. The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI) introduced itto the province during the past administration.
From then on, it was called, “Expanded Green and Wholesome Environment that Nurtures (eGWEN), where Magpale served as a project manager.
Early last year, the provincial board approved an ordinance institutionalizing the program, which is now called as “Our Sustainable Cebu Program.”
The “Our Cebu” program was supposed to be implemented in all the 50 towns and cities in the province but other LGUs failed to implement the program.
Under the program, outstanding implementers are given rewards. They are determined according to the scorecards- a set of standards, determinants and indicators used in the assessment and evaluation of the LGU’s performance in relation to the goals of the program.
It seeks to measure the seven pillars of sustainable development: spiritual, human, social, cultural, political, economic and ecological.
The municipality of San Francisco in Camotes Island- the 2011 United Nations (UN) Sasakawa Awardee for Disaster Risk Reduction, was the constant winner of the program since it was started in 2009.
Meanwhile, the barangay captains personally sent their resolutions to the governor. Davide explained to them that he will prioritize those requests related to disaster preparedness, repair of damaged infrastructures, water systems, and other important facilities.
The socio-cultural assistance is also limited to P25 thousand per barangay. Xerxes Alkuino