It took “another” mayor to do it.
By: Central Luzon News Center | Nelson Bolos

This comment came when this municipality received its first ever “Best Performing Local Government Unit (LGU)” award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The award was given by DILG Region 3 Director Julie Daquioag to Mayor Eloy Eclar at the Quest Hotel in Clark Economic Zone in Pampanga.

According to Lorenzo Abades, this town’s DILG Municipal Officer, he himself was surprised of the “prestigious award” when he accompanied Eclar at the DILG-hosted region-wide conference held at Clark Eco-Zone.

“Kahit ako hindi ko alam na mabibigyan ng (special) award ang Gerona. Nagpunta kami doon para lamang tanggapin ang P2 Million DILG special fund”, said Abades.

The Best Performing LGU award is given to municipalities and cities which met the “DILG’s stringent criteria” in the implementation of the department’s “locally funded projects”.

The criteria include “transparency, efficiency and competence”.

The P2 Million DILG special fund assistance will be used to “upgrade the solid waste management facility”of the town.

“I am deeply honored of the (DILG) recognition. We were not expecting that our reforms and public service-centered policies would be recognized”, said Eclar.

The first-termer mayor is being credited for “infusing professionalism, dynamism and sincere dedication to public service among the municipal employees”.

Eclar was recently conferred “most outstanding mayor” by a local media group.

“Maraming nagbago sa bayan mula ng umupo si mayor Eclar. Maraming investors ang pumasok at naging very professional sa trabaho ang mga municipal employees at mararamdaman mo na motivated ang mga empleyado na magserbisyo. At walang nabablitaang corruption”, said Barangay Nestor Austria of Barangay Apsayan.

Since the 1960’s, or for more than 50 years, the mayors of this town came from only 2 families – the Sembrano and Go political families.

The election of Eclar in 2016 is said to have “broken the 2-family political dynasty in this town”.

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