For two years in a row, the municipality of Polomolok was adjudged the Cleanest and Greenest LGU in the province of South Cotabato, retaining as part of the award the most coveted Perpetual Trophy of the contest.
The awarding of the annual search was conducted during the opening program of the 2016 T’nalak Festival and 50th Golden Anniversary of the province held at the South Cotabato Sports Complex on July 11.
Polomolok Mayor Honey Lumayag – Matti personally received the award which consisted of cash incentive worth P800,000, plaque and perpetual trophy from Board Member Ellen Grace Subere – Albios, SP Committee Chair on Environment, Board Member Glyzel Mariano – Trabado and DILG Provincial Director Lailyn Ortiz, Contest Head Secretariat.
Aside from the back-to-back win, Polomolok was also the recipient of Special Awards such as Best Public Market (P30,000); Best Public Plaza and Parks (P30,000); Best Community Garden – Bgy. Upper Klinan, Polomolok (P20,000); Best Backyard Garden – Monica Bagatia of Upper Klinan, Polomolok (P10,000); Best Public Toilet (P10,000).
Meanwhile, the municipality of Surallah bagged the second place award of P500,000 cash incentive and plaque, and Special Award as Best Municipal Nursery (P30,000).
Likewise, the municipality of Tupi garnered the third place award of P300,000 cash incentive and plaque and Special Award as Best Central Material Recovery Facility (P30,000) and the municipality of Tampakan received the fourth place award of P150,000 and plaque and Special Award as Best in Roadside Beautification (P30,000).
T’boli and Sto. Nino municipalities landed fifth and sixth places, respectively, receiving the cash incentives of P70,000 and P50,000.
Consolation prizes were given to the City of Koronadal and the towns of Norala, Lake Sebu, Tantangan and Banga worth P10,000 each.
In the Best Barangay Category, Upper Klinan, Polomolok won first place with a P30,000 cash incentive; Centrala, Surallah second place with P20,000 cash incentive; Buto, Tampakan third place with P10,000 cash incentive.
The annual search which is a program of the Provincial Environment Management Office seeks to recognize and give incentives to LGUs that excel in Clean and Green and Environmental Programs in their respective area of responsibility.