MABALACAT CITY – Barely one year since the full implementation of this component city’s population program, the city government has bagged numerous recognitions in the recently concluded The Outstanding Population Structure (TOPS) Awards 2021 held December 15, 2021.

Spearheaded by the Commission on Population (POPCOM)- Region III, TOPS aims to recognize local government units with outstanding and exemplary practice in the massive implementation of the Philippine Population and Development Program.

Mabalacat City was named as a regional finalist in three categories: Best in Population Program Implementation – Adolescent Health and Development (AHD), Best in Population Program Implementation – Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning Implementation (RPFP), and
Best in Population and Development Integration.

Despite being a neophyte LGU in the implementation of the program, Mabalacat City managed to place 3rd in the overall ranking of all city and provincial population program implementors in Central Luzon.

No less than POPCOM Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III and Regional Director Lourdes Nacionales conferred the said accolades to the city which were formally received by Population, Gender, and Development (POPGAD) Officer Charlo Costales.

“Iniaalay po namin ang gantimpalang ito sa bawat Mabalaqueño na naniniwala at tumatangkilik sa ating dekalidad na population development programs. Makakaasa po kayo na higit pang pagbubutihin ng POPGAD ang mga program nito sa mga darating pang mga taon,” said Costales.

Meanwhile, Mayor Crisostomo Garbo extended his felicitations to the hardworking staff of POPGAD for such a timely and relevant feat. The city mayor also reiterated his commitment to the no letup implementation of various social services programs of his administration.

“Sa ating mga kababayan dito sa siyudad ng Mabalacat, asahan po ninyo ang tuluy-tuloy na serbisyo ng inyong MCG. Mananatili po tayong tapat sa ating pangako na serbisyong ‘from womb to tomb’ sa pamamagitan po ng ating mga sangay ng lokal na pamahalaan sa ilalim ng health and social services cluster,” said Mayor Garbo,

Just recently, the Mabalacat City and POPCOM Region III inked a Memorandum of Agreement for the thorough implementation of Social Protection Program for Adolescent Mothers and their Children (SPPAMC) in the city.

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