(photo courtesy of Councilor Ton Abengoza)

The town of Brooke’s Point gained four awards in the recently held Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCC) Roadshow organized by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines (NCC).

Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano said four of the five awards for Palawan province went to their municipality.

Brooke’s Point was ranked third for resiliency, infrastructure, government efficiency, and third place awardee from among the 69 towns in the MIMAROPA Region.

“[Initially] hindi namin alam ‘yan [na may awards kami] kasi kami nagtratrabaho lang. Siguro dahil na [rin] dito sa mga sinukat sa amin… [na] sa Brooke’s Point tatlo agad [ang awards] kaya siguro naibigay sa amin ‘yong third place sa buong MIMAROPA. Ang laki ng iniangat, ‘yon ang nakakatuwa na kumbaga ‘yong mga ginagawa namin sa Brooke’s Point ay hindi lang mga tao ang nakapansin [kundi] kahit ‘yong mga ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan ay napansin din nila na talagang malaki ang ipinagbago [ng aming munisipyo],” Feliciano said.

Feliciano said receiving the awards was entirely different from the past years before she became the mayor of Brooke’s Point.

She said their town only ranked around 20 before.

“Binigay lang nila noong February 21 kasi hindi kami naka-attend doon sa PICC. Busy rin kasi sila. Baka pumunta pa sila sa iba-iba pang probinsya,” Feliciano said.

For the “Infrastructure Award,” Feliciano said they were judged through their recent electrification project that “installed posts and wires” all over their town using their own budget in order to ensure their people can access electricity from the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO).

Also included in their infrastructure projects were the road concreting from highways going to barangays, laying of drainages and bridges, even the clean household potable water supply system (patubig) which benefitted 18 barangays.

On the other hand, the “Resiliency Award” was mostly based on their building of large evacuation center for the whole town and 12 smaller ones in different barangays, she said.

Feliciano added the “Government Efficiency Award” is based on the satisfaction of their constituents collated by the RCC.

Another basis, she said, was the well-documented projects of their municipality, including its budget and accomplishments.

Feliciano thanked her constituents for the current growth being experienced by her municipality.

“Iyong aming ipinagmamalaki na halos lahat ng ahensya ng pamahalaan ay pinaparangalan ‘yong Brooke’s Point mula sa DILG may Masidhing Paghanga Award… sa Solid Waste Management, sa DENR, pagkatapos sa DSWD naman marami din kaming awards, maging sa nutrition napababa din namin ‘yong numero ng aming mga malnourished children so meron din kaming award diyan. Meron din kaming award sa BJMP… lahat ng ahensya ay nire-recognize ‘yong mabuting pamamahala sa Brooke’s Point kaya masaya kami,” Feliciano said.

The NCC established 17 Regional Competitiveness Committee (RCC) all over the country composed of public and private sectors who supervise data collection on local government units (LGUs).

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