The Local Government of San Gabriel, La Union is a 4th Class Municipality with an estimated population number of 18, 633. It has an estimated land area of 17,553 hectares which is the largest agricultural land in the first district of La Union. It is politically subdivided into 15 barangays, mostly upland areas. With that, the main source of livelihood in the municipality is highland farming.
CHG Feature Series: Nourishing and Incentivizing Specific Health Advocacies in the Municipality of Salcedo, Eastern Samar (CHG 2017 Winner)
Salcedo is a fifth class municipality located in Eastern Samar. As of 2015, the municipality has registered a total population of 22,532 with 5,427 total number of households. Due to the geographical location of Salcedo, the main livelihood of the municipality depended on agriculture and fishery.
Salcedo is part of the Guiuan Inter Local Health Zone, with its core referral hospital Felipe Abrigo Memorial Hospital located in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The municipality currently has 1 Rural Health Unit (RHU) and 7 Barangay Health Stations (BHS), which has 4-5 satellite barangays with their own health and nutrition posts or centers. The RHU serves as the main site of public health programs and other services that are not available at the barangay stations like laboratory, dental, and birthing services. The RHU is also accredited by PhilHealth on the following programs: Primary Care Benefit Package, TB-DOTS, Maternity Care Package, and Newborn-Screening.
CHG Feature Series: Pursuing Health Governance Despite Limited Resources in San Felipe, Zambales (CHG 2017 Winner)
San Felipe, located at the center and along the coastal area of Zambales, is a 4th class municipality under the current leadership of their municipal mayor, Atty. Carolyn S. Fariñas. Within the municipality are eleven (11) barangays, wherein six (6) are located in the town, and five (5) are located at rural areas. Their municipality has one (1) rural health unit and eleven (11) barangay health stations which are overseen and managed by their rural health physician, Dr. Salome F. Arinduque.
San Felipe is described to primarily be an agricultural community that has rice, vegetables, fruits and corn as its major crops. Other distinct sources of living aside from farming include fishing and hatcheries. It is also recognized as one of the most business-friendly municipalities given its projects and initiatives. In terms of land use, more than a residential area (16.07%), it is mostly made up of forests (29.14%). It is found to be rich in both water and land forms such as mountains, rivers and waterfalls. It is widely acknowledged in the province and even in the country as the “Greenest and Cleanest” town.
Furthermore, it is known distinctly for its health practices such as its Municipal Ordinance No. 15 S.2013 which includes prohibition of smoking in all public areas and its solid waste management practices. Under their 2016 Summary of Expenditures on Health Programs/Activities, they spent a total of Php13,656,025.48. Their original allotted budget for health for 2017 was 20% of their 2016 Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) which is Php 13,599,695.60 of Php 67,998,478.00. Because of their noteworthy performance, they are widely approached for possible partnerships by organizations such as the Zuellig Family Foundation and even a Swiss company, KBA Notasys.
CHG Feature Series: The Consistent Good Governance Practices of Tacurong City (CHG 2015 and 2017 Winner)
The city of Tacurong is a fourth class component city in the province of Sultan Kudarat. Called the “City of Goodwill,” it is located in the heart of central Mindanao. It is considered the gateway to the other major cities in Mindanao like General Santos City, Davao City, Cotabato, and Cagayan de Oro. The city is very accessible, being 92 kilometers from General Santos and 96 kilometers from Cotabato City. It is composed of 20 barangays, most of which are agricultural-based. The main agricultural crops they produce are rice, corn, and palm oil. People from the surrounding area come to the city for trading, merchandise, education, and to avail of different services.
Tacurong City has a total land area of 15,340 hectares, the smallest in land area among the 12 municipalities comprising the Sultan Kudarat province. It is the smallest in terms of land area, but has the largest population in the entire province. As of 2015, it has a population of 98,316.
CHG Feature Series: The Outstanding Health Governance Practices of Plaridel, Bulacan (CHG 2017 Winner)
Plaridel is a first class municipality in the province of Bulacan under the leadership of MayorJocelle Aimee R. Vistan- Casaje. As of 2015, it has a total population of 107, 805. It is politically subdivided to 19 barangays. Major industries in the municipality are: farming, poultry or livestock raising, garments and food processing.
Plaridel has been awarded and recognized several times for their exemplary performance and best practices in local governance. In 2012, the city was awarded with the DILG Seal of Good Housekeeping. It is also a regional winner of the Child-friendly Municipality and CROWN Award for Nutrition. The Municipality also bagged the National Literacy Awards in 2014 which was their third consecutive year thus they became qualified as Hall of Famer in the 2014 UNESCO Literacy Awards.