By Inka Sanchez
IT WAS a “hakot awards” week for Ormoc City. This week, Ormoc City was conferred seven awards, one in Malacañang and the others from the regional health office, including the coveted regional Red Orchid Award.
In Malacañang on December 5 in the afternoon, Mayor Richard Gomez and Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, together with social welfare officer Delia Corbo and city health officer Dr. Nelita Navales and the Ormoc Development Team, received the citation as one of 20 LGUs who are finalists to the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities.
On December 7, Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo J. Locsin Jr., together with Dr. Navales and health office doctors and nurses, received the prestigious Red Orchid Award for Ormoc’s being a “no smoking city,” and 5 other citations.
The other 5 are for Brgy. Dolores as having the “Best Sanitation Practices 2017,” Best on Active Case Finding in Leprosy, HEMS System Award, Best Practice in Community Based Treatment and Support Services for Persons who use Drugs, and Best Performing Barangay Health Worker Federation.
Mayor Gomez, during the flag ceremony on Monday, congratulated the social welfare department and city health office for their exemplary public service. He also thanked Dr. Navales for her show of cooperation and support to his administration, saying she would be a big loss to the city health department as she is set to retire by the end of this year.
“Our city received plenty of awards. The secret? Just do your best in your department and awards will surely come. While we’re in the government service, let’s do our best,” said Gomez.
Meanwhile, Gomez urged city employees and department heads to work together to achieve their target.
“If you’re able to hit your target for this year, that means your grade is satisfactory. If you’re able to do better than your target, they you become very satisfactory,” said the mayor.
He also warned that two unsatisfactory ratings will be a basis for an employee’s removal in his position.
“That’s one way of protecting the local government unit,” said Gomez as he pushed his workforce to do their best for them to receive their other benefits.
Earlier, the city received climate leadership award for pushing climate action and renewable energy, a national award in organic farming, local legislative award, and award on community- based rehabilitation program, among others.
Gomez himself also received awards for being “a role model in serving humanity as a strong advocate for local governance” by the Rotary International in 2017.
This year, the Office of the Ombudsman recognized Ormoc for implementing and maintaining a system “that confronts to the ease of doing business standards for blue certification scope.”
Also, the city was awarded 2nd place for best in e-governance for local government units in the Digital PH Awards.
Ormoc has been known as the “safest” city in the country and the “richest” in the entire Eastern Visayas. with Inka Sanchez