Bato, Catanduanes – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office has recognized the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Bato as the outstanding Sanggunian in the 4th to 6th class municipal category.

Alongside SB Bato, representing the region with their respective top rankings in their categories are the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) of Naga as the Independent Component City category awardee, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Legazpi as the component city category awardee, and SB Nabua, Camarines Sur, in the 1st to 3rd class municipality category.

Because of this recognition, SB Bato will represent the region in the national awards, where they will compete with other awardees in similar categories from various regions across the country.

In connection with this, the leadership of DILG and the 2023 Local Legislative Award expressed their heartfelt congratulations to the winners of this year’s selections. They hope that these accomplishments will serve as inspiration for other Sanggunians to enhance their performance in their respective areas.

Furthermore, the Sangguniang Bayan of Baras and Virac also made it to the list. SB Baras was recognized second in the 4th to 6th class category, while SB Virac secured the second spot in the 1st to 3rd class municipality category.

Here is the complete list of awardees: Outstanding Sanggunians in Independent Component City (Naga), Outstanding Sanggunian Component Cities Category: Rank 1: Legazpi City, Rank 2: Masbate City, Rank 3: Tabaco City. Outstanding Sanggunians in 1st to 3rd Class Municipalities Category: Rank 1: Nabua, Camarines Sur, Rank 2: Virac, Catanduanes, Rank 3: Libon, Albay. Outstanding Sanggunians in 4th to 6th Class Municipalities Category: Rank 1: Bato, Catanduanes, Rank 2: Baras, Catanduanes, Rank 3: Pamplona, Camarines Sur.

The awarded Sanggunians expressed their joy and gratitude for the recognition this year. According to Vice Mayor Roy Regalado of SB Bato, this recognition serves as a significant morale booster for their team, motivating them to improve their performance in fulfilling their duties. It affirms that they are on the right track, following the basic procedures in conducting their sessions.

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to each and everyone of you for our remarkable achievement in ranking 1st for the Regional Outstanding Sangguniang Bayan Award in the 4th to 6th Class Municipalities Category. To our Councilors and the SB Staff, your tireless efforts and collaborative spirit have played a pivotal role in this achievement. This recognition attests to our collaboration, diligence, and concern for our fellow Batonhons. As we unite as one family in SB Bato, we can overcome anything. As we move forward to the National level of the competition, let us continue to work together and be united in serving our constituents. Once again, thank you for your outstanding contributions, and congratulations on this well-deserved recognition. Together, we will continue to make positive changes in our municipality,” Vice Mayor Roy Regalado remarked. (Bicol Peryodiko News Team)