1st Place, 2016 Best Literacy Program in Region IV-A

The Municipality of Angono received the Gawad Patnugot award for winning 1st place in the Most Outstanding Literacy Program for Local Government Units given by the Department of Education Region IV-A held at Batangas Convention Center in Batangas City on October 2016.

Angono’s entry titled “Sustainable Development in Education Through Life-long Learning Skills and Intervention Program” constitutes existing Alternative Learning Skills program that targets marginalized and vulnerable sectors.

These included farmers, fishermen, workers in the informal economy, women’s groups, differently abled children, urban poor, 4Ps beneficiaries, Apo Learning Center, children in the Day Care Centers and Rural Improvement Club Centers.

The program is an alternative mode of delivery system to the existing Alternative Learning System (ALS) and services, a holistic development in this commercial hub, trading and manufacturing center in the southwestern portion of the Province of Rizal. 

The program and modules were managed and implemented by Department of Education-Angono District, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Department of Agriculture’s Rural Improvement Club, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Angono Municipal Health Office, Public Employment Service Office-Community Training and Livelihood Office (ESO-CTLO), and civil society groups in Angono.

For its success in providing quality integration and innovation, the program has conducted 40 disaster risk reduction trainings and seminars to around 10,000 residents, listed 15, 778 beneficiaries in PESO-CTLO jobs and livelihood referrals, 47,000 beneficiaries of Bottom Up Budgeting projects, 22, 200 recipients of Angono Health Center’s services, and 197 graduates of Tourism-related trainings and seminars.

In his speech during the flag raising ceremony on October 10, 2016, Mayor Gerry Calderon expressed gratitude to various sectors for crafting and implementing a comprehensive and integrated alternative literacy program.

The mayor also credited the spirit of volunteerism and strong partnership that the stakeholders have shown which contributed to the success of the program.

Similarly, the Angono Department of Education won 1st place for having the best Alternative Learning System in the province. 

The awarding was held at Cainta Elementary School on December 12, 2016.

2015 Gawad KALASAG: Search for Excellence in DRRM and Humanitarian Assistance by the DRRMO Region IV-A

Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Humanitarian Assistance given by DRRMO Region IV-A features four major points: Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation includes risk assessment; plans, policies and budget; early warning system; risk financing; environmental management, and infrastructure resilience.

Risk Assessment includes the availability of maps and tools such as multi-hazard, vulnerability, capacity/resource, risk maps and established Geographic Information System (GIS) and database of elements at risk. Plans, Policies and Budget includes Local DRRM Plan, updated Zoning Ordinances or Safety Regulations, and Fund Utilization. 

Early Warning System should have been established and functional. Risk Financing includes the insurance facilities and equipment and extension of calamity loans to the DRRMC. Environmental Management includes the environmental ordinances, programs or policies. Lastly, Infrastructure Resilience includes the inspection and assessment of existing infrastructures.

Disaster Preparedness includes the mainstreaming of DRRM programs and projects, LDRRMC Organization, Institutionalized DRRMO, Approved Plans, Capacity Development activities conducted, and Partnership Mechanisms.

Mainstreaming of DRRM programs and projects must be available to provinces, cities and municipalities except barangays. LDRRMC Organization includes functional DRMMCs base on requirements of RA 10121 and barangays should prove that the Barangay Development Council has assumed the role of a Barangay DRRM. 

Institutionalized DRRMO includes DRRM Office with basic equipment, permanent staff, and budget and training. Approved Plans include the implementing plans supported with the IEC and Advocacy Plan, Preparedness Plan, Response Plan, Contingency Plan, and Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan include Business Continuity Plan and Capacity Development or Training Activities. Partnership Mechanisms include the participation of NGOs, private sector, and Resource Mobilization.

Disaster Response includes the review of Demonstrated Capability of those LGUs with no disaster response; the other is to review the Demonstrated Capacity with disaster response operations.

Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery includes the Restoration, Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), Validation of Pre-disaster Recovery Plan, and Recovery Plan if the LGU has suffered any major disaster.

Engr. Arnnold Piñon serves as Angono DRRM officer.

The Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance of Angono

The Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance national award which Angono received was given by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Soliman and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento on June 20, 2016. 

Angono was able to comply with the criteria set to rate a certain municipality as child-friendly, which include reduction in deaths among children below five years old (under-five mortality rate), reduction in the number of children under-six with below normal weights, completion rate for elementary schooling and absence of child labor or percentage reduction in child labor cases.

Angono also succeeded in terms of decreasing in the number of children victims of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and an ordinance was set to establish Barangay Violence Against Women and their Children (VAW/C) desks.

A Registered Social Worker handles reported cases and undergo counseling, stress debriefing, complainant for filing legal case and referral networks for child caring institutions. There are also drop-in center that serves as temporary shelter to protect rescued women and children.

The MDRRMO is also equipped with training and logistics for disaster and emergency response. A professional medical practitioner is also stand-by and has complete facility and logistics to give attention to mortality rate. 

All these efforts are result of good practice and teamwork. Angono Municipal Social Worker Luisita Vestra said the award will not be possible without the will to protect women and children and the whole community of Angono led by Mayor Gerardo V. Calderon.

MSWD programs still continue to help and new programs are introduced such as GABAY program for drug surrenderees and Migration and Development for the OFWs and their families.

“Marapat lang na competent staff ang nagpapatupad ng lahat ng programa para sa lahat ng sectors ng ating lipunan upang mas higit nating madama ang kaligtasan, at maunlad na bayan ng Angono,” Vestra said in an interview.

1st Child Labor Free Municipality in the Philippines

Children are one of the most vulnerable sectors of our society. As such, when they are gravely threatened and endangered by circumstances which affect their survival and normal development, it is the duty of the local government unit to act and ensure the best interests of children in all actions concerning them.

Three years ago, Mayor Gerardo V. Calderon accepted the reality that there were child laborers in the municipality. It was the mayor’s principle that problems as serious as child labor incidence must not be ignored and ‘swept under the rug.’ 

“Problems should be accepted as facts and that the municipality in coordination and cooperation with concerned national agencies shall strategize to eradicate it,” Mayor Calderon said.

On December 10, 2013, the Local Government of Angono signed an agreement with the Department of Labor Employment and the Department of the Interior and Local Government formalizing their partnership to support and implement the campaign for a Child Labor Free Municipality. 

The agreement enabled Angono to prioritize the program, strengthen local councils for the protection of children and formulate plans, programs and projects to achieve the goal of the agreements.

On August 27, 2014, the 10 barangays represented by their respective Chairpersons and Secretaries were oriented on how to manage, reduce and eventually eradicate child labor Incidence. 

Three years later, on August 22, 2016, Honorable Mayor Gerardo V. Calderon received the trophy and certificate recognizing Angono as the first Child Labor Free Municipality nationwide.

Grassroots participation

The award, which was given by Rizal DOLE officer-in-charge Marivic Martinez, recognizes the municipality’s community-bound child labor program Philippine Program Against Child Labor, which was accomplished because of the efforts of all barangay captains in contributing steps to protect children. 

Angono’s child labor free strategy hinges on Mayor Calderon’s marching order that no one should be left behind (“Walang Iwanan”) and “Bawat Bahay, May Naghahanap-buhay.”

Milestones and protocols serving as proofs on handling the issue of child labor include databasing or numerous validations to identify child laborers; enactment of Sangguniang Bryan Ordinance No. 14-685 or the Children’s Code of Angono; enacting a line item budget for Child Labor Free Program under the annual budget for 2015; trimming down of the number of identified child workers to 145 households after honest to goodness validation, especially in the areas of Barangay Mahabang Pariang, Kalayaan and San Vicente; and implementing poverty reduction programs with the help of Parent-Teachers Association, Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Department of Social Work and Development, 4Ps beneficiaries and other members of the informal sector.

The Public Employment Service Office, which was the focal agency of the project, aimed at a 120% rate of success in improving the quality of life of 175 households; 145 of which are home to the community’s actual child laborers.

PATAMABA-WISE was identified as an accredited co-partner due to its excellent track record in implementing poverty reduction programs for poor and vulnerable sectors.

On June 18, 2014 coinciding with the World Child Labor Free Day, a Help Me Caravan was conducted in Barangay Mahabang Parang, where the highest reported cases of child labor. The DSWD Calabarzon provided 500 parents and child laborers/workers with food packs, slippers, school bags, and educational assistance for some child laborers.

On December 13, 2014, through DOLE’s P750,000 grant, provided raw materials and equipment and tools to start up livelihood projects for barangay Kalayaan and Mahabang Paring. The identified projects were doormat and rag making and production of homecare products. These projects augmented the income of parents of identified child laborers to lessen cases of child labor in the municipality of Angono.

In essence, Angono is now a child labor free municipality because the problem has been identified, tracked down, and interventions are in progress; critical indicators were also achieved like the establishment of Local Councils for the Protection of Children which is organized, functional, and active; no child below 18 years is engaged in the worst forms of child labor; 

The parents of child workers, who were identified before, signed a document of commitment not to allow their kids to work and send them back to school; child labor incidence reports are immediately acted on and resolved; and child labor issues and concerns are mainstreamed in local development plans. 

The municipality’s effort to eradicate child labor and promote the welfare of children, therefore, enhance the opportunities of children as well as their families for a useful and happy life.

Caption: The award, which was given by Rizal DOLE officer-in-charge Marivic Martinez, recognizes the municipality’s community-bound child labor program Philippine Program Against Child Labor, which was accomplished because of the efforts of all barangay captains in contributing steps to protect children.

1st place, 2015 Best Public Employment Service Office Nationwide; 2nd in 2016

Angono’s entry to Best Public Employment Service or PESO in 2015 was a program titled “Bawat Bahay May Naghahanap-Buhay,” the local government’s attempt at achieving inclusive growth. 

It involves key stakeholders, the expanding vulnerable sectors, empowering them by increasing their employability and providing them with relevant trainings and livelihood opportunities.

The strategies included institutionalizing the office by combining PESO and Community Training and Livelihood Office; prioritizing those listed in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program as priority in implementing employability enhancement schemes; maximizing social media and traditional forms in disseminating information so that stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the program; strengthening linkages with jobseekers and employers and other persons/organizations engaged in Employment Promotion Program;

Reducing unemployment by implementing and targeting marginalized sectors for the Special Program for the Employment of Students as well as Workers Hiring for Infrastructure Project; and contributing to the LGU’s waste reduction campaign by introducing “Resiklo Kapalit Ng Serbisyo ng PESO/CTLO,” in which PET bottles are submitted in exchange for services since PESO is a non-fee charging multi-employment service facility.

As a result of these strategies, from 70% Job Placement Rate in 2011, it significantly increased to 96.21% in 2015. On the same year, the number of employed based on PESO data is 4,898 (daily employment facilitation only, SPES Job Fair SRA LRA not included), cutting the number of unemployed by 86.90%.

From a respectable 79 recruitment activities in 2014, 2015 figures showed a 125.05% increase by attracting 98 companies/agencies conducted their local hiring in Angono Rizal.

The placement rate of applicants that were Hired-on-the-Spot (HOTS) during Job Fairs increased by more than ten percentage points (from 31.5% in 2014 to 43.51% in 2015).

The ”Resiklo Kapalit ng Serbisyong PESO/CTLO” component project is producing on the average 30 kilos of PET bottles weekly for Php 600.00 weekly additional money for Job Order Employees Development Fund (Annual projection would be 1,440 kilos or Php 28,800.00). This is a modest but a considerable contribution to the town’s waste reduction efforts.

Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiaries were maintained at 115, a 100% accomplishment rate from the target. Workers Hiring for Infrastructure Project (WHIP) was implemented in 2015 benefiting at least 10 skilled workers. 

A number of livelihood training programs were implemented in 2015 under the BUB or Bottom Up Budgeting, in which a total of 273 beneficiaries were trained and given the chance to earn an annual additional average household income amounting to Php 72,000.00 (Bag Making, Water Hyacinth-based bags and mats, slipper making, and Cooperative Trainings). 

On the same year and program, 210 beneficiaries benefitted from various technical skills trainings conducted that eventually led to employment (Automotive, Body Massage, Haircutting, Solar Panel Installation, Tour Guiding, Cookery and Bread and Pastry Production).

To address the lack of information on job vacancies, area-based in-demand skills and training service providers were in the area; public schools were targeted to be covered by the Career and Employment Advocacy benefitting 2,456 students. The Labor Market Information was shared to 278 institutions, covering 9,856 individuals compared to 229 institutions in 2014.

To further strengthen PESO’s local employment services and solve the job skills mismatch in the local market, through the Program, Angono Business Forum was convened and oriented on various PESO services. The local forum was introduced to the Philippine Center Chamber of Commerce and Industries-Rizal Chapter to facilitate exchange of information and sharing of expertise for their common good. The set-up helped the program in enhancing the jobseeker’s employability in the area. As an off-shoot of this initiative, most of the local companies coursed their recruitment to the local PESO.

The various interventions introduced by the Program changed dramatically the employment-seeking behavior of the stakeholders. More and more people are trooping to the PESO/CTLO office to access the unit’s various services. Gone were the days when the office would be lucky to have a couple of clients accessing its services. 

Presently, an average of 30 clients visits PESO/CTLO on a daily basis. The schools were now the ones contacting the office for Career and Employment Advocacy Activities. Local companies opted out to utilize the PESO as their recruitment arm instead of the expensive recruitment agencies. The tagline “Trabaho ba Kamo? Tara na sa PESO Angono!” has become a by-word to jobseekers via the program’s intensive info campaign, thru its Facebook Page, its clients within Angono and nearby municipalities. 

In 2016, Angono PESO won 2nd place behind Masinloc, Zambalez, which was the runner up in 2015 search.

1st Place, 2015 National Drive Against Professional Squatting and Squatting Syndicates; 2nd place in 2016

The National Drive Against Professional Squatting and Squatting Syndicates award was given to Angono by Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council as recognition for its outstanding achievements in curtailing the activities of professional squatters and squatter syndicates through sound legislative actions, pragmatic policies, and innovative anti-professional squatting programs and projects, thus enhancing its capacity to address housing and urban development concerns.

NDAPSSS was instituted to curb the nefarious activities of professional squatters and squatting syndicates and intensify as well the national drive against criminal elements that prey on people who need most the protection of the law.

Angono’s Anti-Illegal Squatting Task Force, compose of Urban Settlement and Development Office, Public Safety Office-Civil Security Unit, barangay officials and the Angono Philippine National Police, was able to thwart questionable individuals and groups using spurious titles.

These include the groups of Hermogenes Rodríguez, Kadakilaan Estate, Wilfred Sumulong Torres, Prince Julian Galliano, Acopiado/Acop, Roberto Madrigal Acopiado, RHEMA International Foundation Inc., Dona Lourdes Yaneza, Mr. and Mrs. Bernardo and Rachelle Mabaggu, De Ocampo Estate, Don Ignacio Conrad Estate, Ang Bagong Lahing Filipino Development Foundation, Don Mariano San Pedro y Esteban, Edison Hindap, and other squatting syndicates. 

In 2016, the Municipality placed 2nd trailing Tagum City in the same award.

The municipality’s Zero Squatter Program has likewise addressed the informal settlers, which have ballooned to 11,000 families in 2013.

But as of September 2016, the Urban Settlement Development Office has assisted more than 8, 000 families and still striving to facilitate the remaining less than 3,000 families to have a liveable, reasonably priced and decent home.

These are implemented using different approaches such as Direct Buying Program, Community Mortgage Program, National Housing Authority program, and LGU-initiative on auctioned and levied properties program.

Direct buying is a win-win situation between the informal residents of intruded lands and its owners. The municipality serves as middle man, preparing the community for the purchase while they negotiate with the landowner for a reasonable price.

Community Mortgage Program involves key shelter agencies of our government – the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation and the Social Housing Finance Corporation. Once the community is organized by the municipality, the said agencies are contacted to take over and assist them with the program. They accommodate onsite and offsite land occupants.

National Housing Authority Program is similar to CMP. The NHA program is assisted by its respective agency.

LGU Initiative on Auctioned and Levied Properties Program features highly delinquent properties that are levied and auctioned by the provincial government. The municipality organizes the community in preparing funds for the auction where they partake or negotiate with the winning bidders. The provincial government then assists the office in the instance of lost – talking to the bidding winners on behalf of the informal settlers.

No. 1 Most Competitive in Infrastructure Nationwide, 2015

In the past two years, various public and private infrastructures and establishments have sprouted in Angono which have contributed to the town’s vibrant economic life blood. 

SM Center Angono, McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, Puregold, a renovated and more spacious Jollibee, expanded roads and bridges as well as cell sites of various telecommunication companies have provided services and addressing the daily needs of Angono people.

This development caught the attention of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Philippines led by former chair of the Makati Business Club Guillermo Luz.

The consumer watch and business group on July 16, 2015 distributed plaque of citations recognizing the competitiveness of various local government units, including Angono which won 1st place as Most Competitive in Infrastructure among 1st class municipalities nationwide.

The awarding was held at the Philippine International Convention Center.

The competitiveness of a municipality or city is measured based on three pillars namely economic dynamism, government efficiency, and infrastructure, in which each pillar has indicators which provide a more detailed view of the economic status of the locality.

“There are 8 indicators for Economic Dynamism and 10 indicators for both Government Efficiency and Infrastructure, totaling 28 indicators. The data submitted by the Local Government Units, through the assistance of a partner Academe and the Regional Competitiveness Committees, is used for the final scoring and ranking,” NCC Philippines explained on its website.

In his speech, Luz noted that NCC Philippines’s indexing of LGU’s competitiveness could be used as an assessment tool.

The index on competitiveness gives the private sector a basis for studying cities and determining where to locate their investments in the country. For the public sector, this becomes a diagnostic tool so the public executives may know whether they are delivering or not delivering, whether they are getting better or not improving, and whether they are getting the results they want or not,” he said.

In 2015, NCC Philippines reviewed and analyzed 978 municipalities and 142 cities in 68 provinces nationwide or 1,120 participating local governments out of 1,634 LGUs in the country covering 68% of all LGUs nationwide.

Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad served as the guest of honor and speaker.

Abad recognized the LGUs as the national government’s partner and emphasized their primary role in “adopting a culture of competitiveness” which leads to inclusive growth.
“Good governance that highlights public accountability and transparency is the bedrock of LGUs’ competitiveness,” Abad said.

NCC Philippines’ vision is to promote a more competitive Philippines and instill a culture of excellence, through public-private sector collaboration as means to reduce poverty through inclusive growth and by implementing the action agenda with private sector initiatives that support public policies.

The awards were conferred and presented by prominent leaders from different sectors, which further underscored the value of the recognition.

The award conferrers included Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba, Undersecretary Nora Terrado, and Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya of the Department of Trade and Industry; Mr. Edgar Chua, Country Chairman of Shell Philippines; Mr. Cesar Bautista, former Secretary of DTI; Ms. Jane Yuan Xu, Country Director of the International Finance Corporation; 

Mr. Dondi Mapa, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Philippines; Atty. Miguel Varella, President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Ebb Hinchcliffe, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Undersecretary Richard Moya of the Department of Budget and Management; Mr. John Avila, Project Management Specialist of the Office of Economic Development and Governance, USAID Philippines;

Undersecretary Corazon Jimenez, General Manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority; Mr. Julian Payne, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Mr. Henry Schumacher, Executive Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Dr. Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go, Undersecretary of the Department of Health; Mr. Anthony Lau, Head of eGov Group of Globe Telecom;

Mr. Guillermo Luz, Private Sector Co-Chair of the National Competitiveness Council; Secretary Florencio B. Abad of the Department of Budget and Management; and Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Cabinet Secretary.

Recipient of 2015 and 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance

The Seal of Good Local Governance or SGLG was introduced in 2014 by then Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas. It originated from the department’s Seal of Good Housekeeping program introduced in 2010.

The Seal of Good Housekeeping then only measured the levels of compliance to the Department’s Full Disclosure Policy, particularly in the areas of budget, revenues and procurement, among others, having no adverse Commission on Audit findings, as well as meeting the requirements of anti-red tape act. 

Roxas, on the other hand, explained that SGLG or ‘Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Local’ was conceptualized to provide greater challenge to local governments to continue good governance practices while providing better service.

“Panahon na para itaas ang pamantayan ng good local governance mula sa balangkas ng matino at tapat na pangangasiwang pinansyal. Tunay na napakahalaga nito — ngunit kulang sa pagsukat ng kung ano ang makabuluhan para sa mamamayan,” Roxas said during the launching of the campaign.

The local government unit needs to pass all three core assessments in order to receive the SGLG award. These include Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection and Disaster Preparedness, and at least one from the essential assessment areas such as Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace & Order or Environmental Management. 

With the Municipality of Angono meeting all the criteria, it has not only conferred with the SGLG for the past two years but was also entitled to a package of incentives, such as the Performance Challenge Fund and access to other national performance-based programs.

Roxas noted that SGLG expects that local government units do not only sustain the practice of accountability and transparency (Good Financial Housekeeping), but are also able to prepare for the challenges posed by disasters (Disaster Preparedness), and are sensitive to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the society (Social Protection).

The secretary added the SGLG also drives LGUs to encourage investment and employment (Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness); protect the constituents from threats to life and security (Peace and Order); and safeguard the integrity of the environment (Environmental Management).

“The SGLG symbolizes integrity and good performance of local governments. Let it be a continuing challenge for provincial, city and municipal governments to do better today and in the years to come,” Roxas said. 

Ordinance No. 07-188


Acts prohibited:

  1. 2. Par. 2 – Ipinagbabawal sa sinumang may-ari ng mga negosyo o hanapbuhay, tagapamahala, manager o tagapangasiwa na magpahintulot na gamitin ang kanyang lugar o puwesto ng hanapbuhay sa mga paglalaro ng madyong, baraha, sugal o anumang kuwarto nito o kaya ay gawin itong parang cabaret, club, cocktail lounge at iba pang mga bagay na lisya sa layunin ng nabanggit na establisimiyento.


  1. Sek 3. – pagsunod sa mga sumusunod na regulasyon:


  1. Kailangang maliwanag at maaliwalas ang loob at labas na ang tanging ilaw na gagamitin ay flourecent (daylight) o kaya ay incandescent bulb o mga ilaw na kasing liwanag nito;
  2. Walang kurtinang panabing o kya ay magkaroon ng dibisyon, cubicle o inter room sa loob na maaaring pagkublihan;
  3. May sariling palikuran;


  1. 4. – serbidora ay bawal tumeybol, makisalo, humalo, makipag-romansa o makipagharutan sa  mga kostumer om parukyano;


  1. Sek 5. – serbidora ay hindi maaaring uminon ng beer o anumang uri ng inuming nakalalasing sa loob ng nasabing lugar na kanyang pinaglilingkuran;


  1. 6 – Ang pagbili o  pag-inom ng beer o anumang uri ng inuming nakalalasing sa loob ng nasaning lugar ay hindi dapat lumampas ng 12:00 ng gabi;


  1. 7. – Kailangang may paskil tungkol sa pagbabawal  sa pagbili ng beer o anumang nakalalasing sa mga wala pang  18 taong gulang;