The municipality of Polomolok once again reigned supreme when it was chosen as the province’s Cleanest and Greenest Municipality for 2015, trouncing last year’s defending champion municipality of Surallah.
Polomolok came back from last year’s second place finish due to strong points it garnered as recipient of the Best Public Market, Best Public Plaza and Parks, Best Municipal Nursery, Best Central Material Recovery Facility, Best Community Garden, Best Backyard Garden and Best Public Toilet Special Awards.
It also added to its numerous special awards the Best Barangay Special Award represented by Brgy. Pagalungan, by winning third place.
Surallah, meanwhile, slide down to second place over-all but won the Best Roadside Beautification and Best Barangay Special Award represented by Brgy. Veterans.
Tupi, on the other hand, landed into third place, improving its fourth place finish last year and also won second place in the Best Barangay Special Award represented by Brgy. Lunen.
Tampakan, T’boli and the City of Koronadal in the Cluster I LGUs ranked fourth, fifth and sixth places, respectively, in which Polomolok, Surallah and Tupi also belong.
For Cluster II LGUs, the municipality of Norala was adjudged the Most Improved Municipality besting the municipalities of Lake Sebu, Sto. Nino, Tantangan and Banga which are also included in the said cluster.
Cash incentives received by Cluster I winners in the contest are as follows: First Place – P800,000.00; Second Place – P500,000.00; Third Place – P300,000.00; Fourth – Sixth Places – P50,000.00 each.
Special Award winners in the Best Public Market, Best Public Plaza and Parks, Best Central Material Recovery Facility, Best Community Garden and Best Public Toilet received P10,000.00 each; the Best Backyard Garden won by Edwin Gonzaga received P5,000.00; and, Best Municipal Nursery and Best Roadside Beautification received P30,000.00 each.
For the Best Barangay award, the First Place received P30,000,00, Second Place P20,000.00 and Third Place P10,000.00.
Dole Philippnes sponsored the cash incentives for the Best Municipal Nursery and Best Roadside Beautification Special Awards while South Cotabato Foundation, Inc. sponsored the Best Public Toilet cash incentive.
Cluster II LGUs were earlier given P40,000.00 assistance by the province after undergoing Coaching and Mentoring sessions by the Provincial Environment Management Office regarding the formulation of their respective environment programs.
Norala the Most Improved municipality among Cluster II LGUs received P20,000.00 cash incentive.
The contest was divided into unannounced initial and final evaluations with 30% and 70% rating, respectively.
Evaluators were Elbe Balucanag and Alfredo Superales of PEMO, Jose Perez of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, Engr. Erisaldy Quienes of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, Fruto Sumagaysay Jr. of the Provincial Information Office, Julius Mella of the Arts, Culture, Tourism, Museum and Sports Promotions Unit, Sheree Ann Reyes of the South Cotabato Foundation Inc. and Teresita Savarez of Dole Phils.