BAKUN, Benguet – The Municipality of Bakun was declared 1st place in the 2023 Benguet Roadside Beautification contest during its awarding ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol on June 23, 2023.
Bakun also claimed the Most Sustained Roadside Beautification special award in recognition of their commitment to maintaining their landscapes and murals. The awards in the form of plaques of recognition with a P70,000.00 cash prize were presented by Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas to the Municipal Government of Bakun under the leadership of Mayor Bill Raymundo. The Municipality also received P5,000.00 for their special award.
Clinching the 2nd place was the Municipality of Kabayan led by Mayor Florante Bantales, Jr. Kabayan was lauded with a plaque of recognition and a cash prize of P65,000.00. Meanwhile, the Municipality of Mankayan headed by Mayor Dario Banario came in third receiving a plaque of recognition along with a P55,000.00-cash prize.
Further, the Municipalities of Buguias, headed by Mayor Ruben Tinda-an, and Kapangan led by Mayor Manny Fermin secured the fourth (P45,000.00) and fifth (P40,000.00) places, respectively. Both municipalities were commended with plaques of recognition.
Kapangan also bagged the Best in Focal Area Landscape special award. Several other towns were also recognized for their efforts, namely, La Trinidad as Best Mural, Tuba as Best in Social Media, and Tublay as Best in Partnership and Networking. Each of the towns received a P5,000.00 cash prize.
Moreover, several Municipalities were presented with consolation prizes in the amount of P20,000.00 each, they are Sablan, Bokod, Itogon, La Trinidad, Kibungan, Tublay, and Tuba.
Gov. Diclas commended all the Municipalities on their efforts in the roadside beautification campaign emphasizing the collaboration and partnership they demonstrated in coming up with their roadside designs and landscapes.
The roadside beautification program, spearheaded by the Tourism Division of the Provincial Governor’s Office, encourages the Municipalities to observe cleanliness and promote enhancements along their respective roadways. By SAP Jr.