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Outbreak of War

Outbreak of War

Amidst the war, different leaders (Mayors) ruled the municipality. At first, no one from Aritao wanted to rule the town due to fright with the Japanese forces.  The Japanese officials appointed Mariano de Fiesta from Solano and followed by Benito Ciscar of Bambang. Despite their anxieties, they failed to evade the appointments of the Japanese officials in Aritao. Other appointed Mayors who were residents of Aritao during the time of war were Calixto B. Dulay, Cipriano E. Leprozo, Anselmo M. Calub, and Juan P. Mallo, the then Municipal Treasurer who was also appointed during the last part of the war.

On June 6, 1945, Aritao was liberated by the Allied Forces from the Japanese invaders.  Jose M. Bungubung being the Head of the Philippine Civilian Affairs Unit (PCAU) was appointed to assume the position as Acting Mayor.

September 2, 1945 marked the end of the War (World War II) when Emperor Hirohito of Japan signed surrender fillers to the United States forces.  Simultaneously, General Tomoyoki Yamashita, the Commander of the Japanese Forces in the Philippines surrendered to General Wayne Wright in Camp John Hay, in Baguio City and the World War was over.  The term of office for Jose M. Bungubung also ended.

 

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HONORATO P. MONTEFALCO

Municipal Mayor

1948-1952

             The first election after the War was held in 1948.  Honorato P. Montefalco took his oath of office being the elected Mayor of Aritao.  He served his constituents from 1948 up to 1952.


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CEFERINO L. ABORDO

Municipal Mayor

1952-1956

             Another election was conducted in 1952.  Ceferino L. Abordo, son of the then Township President Quirico Abordo won after the election.  A manifestation that a blood of a politician was still running in the Abordo family. Mayor Abordo continued to serve the people and his first project was to cause the repair of the two-storey Old Presidencia Building (Municipal Bldg.) that was damaged during the war.  He implemented Executive Orders through a “Bandolero” or a Town Crier.  His term ended in 1956.


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GREGORIO S. CANSINO

Municipal Mayor

1956-1959

             New sets of officials were again installed by the Aritaoñeos.  Mayor Gregorio S. Cansino was the elected Mayor who continuously caused the implementation of programs left by Mayor Ceferino Abordo.  It included among others the implementation of the complete construction of right wing of Aritao Central School Building amounting to P1, 200.00.  He also caused the implementation of Executive Orders from the Provincial Governor penalizing any person who violates an ordinance entitled “Siasinno man nga tao nga aglaco, aggatang, wenno mangsucat iti iric nga maicaniwas iti naikeddeng nga timbang 46 kilos ket madusa.” Umuna nga multa P100.00; Maikaduwa P500.00 ken maikattallo ket maikulong iti saan nga kumurang nga 15 nga aldaw (15 days) ngem saan nga sumurok nga 3 nga bulan.  His term expired in 1959 and succeeded by Mayor Apolonio B. Vergara.


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APOLONIO B. VERGARA

Municipal Mayor

1959-1963

Mayor Apolonio B. Vergara was the 2nd Mayor who hailed from a barrio (Bone).  Considering that the Old Presidencia Building was no longer fitted for human occupancy and under state of dilapidation, he thought of transferring and erecting a new Municipal Hall at the foot for the Mount Malussong (Now Aritao High School site).  This was made possible through his efforts by seeking financial assistance and support from the Congressman of the Lone District of Nueva Vizcaya and member of the House of Representative, Leonardo B. Perez.  Mayor Vergara also manifested his concerns with the health of the constituents when he approved local laws entitled “Ordinance No. 1 S-1960, Regulating and making it unlawful to drink liquor and alcoholic beverages within the municipality and providing penalties for violation thereof; and Ordinance No. 4 S-1960, Regulating the disposal of waste materials and dead animals and other garbage matters.  His term ended in 1963.


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TEOPISTO P. LOPEZ

Municipal Mayor

1963-1986

            It was in 1963 when another promising mayor took his oath of office after the election.  Teofisto P. Lopez was the only first re-elected Mayor after his predecessors.  He was also the long-termed Mayor who continuously served Aritao (without a break) for almost twenty-two (22) years.  (President Marcos regime).

           In his years of service, noteworthy projects and activities were undertaken in his administration. He was able to host the first Provincial Jamboree of the Boys Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) Movement held in Aritao. He paid all the registration of Boys Scouts members out of his own pockets and since then, Aritao became number one (1) in the scouting movements. During their time, the municipal government was purely dependent on the National Government funds and other national government agencies.

The Local Chief Executive was hard-up in acquiring tangible projects due to the centralization of funds in the national government.  However, due to his assertion and hard work he was able to acquire noteworthy projects. The first Zoning Ordinance of the Municipality was crafted and enacted under his administration. Moreover, through the Presidential Assistance for Community Development (PACD), the Municipality of Aritao acquired the first Fire Truck. The construction of a New Public Market Building and the installation of galvanized iron pipes for water system from Barangay Darapidap to Poblacion in Aritao came in realization. The people in Poblacion enjoyed enough water supplies after the construction of water reservoir (dome type) at the foot of Mount Malussong. The sustainability and continuity of water supply failed to prosper when the source of water (earth dam) at Darapidap eroded and washed out due to floods and typhoons. With the initiative of Mayor Lopez and some officials of Aritao, some indigent families also acquired suitable shelter through the BLISS project funded by the Ministry of Human Settlement.  An improvement of Kirang farm to market road was established. Under his administration, Aritao was also illuminated with the acquisition of Rural Electrification Project from the National Electrification Agency.

Because of the separation of Sta. Fe from Aritao, the Municipality of Sta. Fe created two barangays namely: Canabuan and Bantinan within the jurisdiction of Aritao. With this, the officials of Aritao headed by Mayor Lopez passed a Resolution No. 18 Series of 1968 requesting the Provincial Board through the Hon. Governor to define the delimitation of boundaries between Aritao and Sta. Fe over barangay Canabuan and Bantinan. This became the start of a political boundary disputes between the Municipality of Aritao and Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.

In 1986, the Lopez administration was affected by the occurrence of People Power Revolution (also known as EDSA Revolution) in the Philippines. It was a series of non-violent and prayerful mass street demonstration against the Marcos administration.  These protests were the culmination of a long resistance by the people against the 20-year running authoritarian regime of the then President Ferdinand E. Marcos.  It followed with the changes of administrations in the local/municipal level.


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GUILLERMO M. PEROS, SR.

Municipal Mayor

1986-1987 (Appointed)

1988-1998

            Due to the EDSA revolution, incumbent officials were displaced.   The Governor of the Province of Nueva Vizcaya then appointed Guillermo M. Peros to act as Mayor of Aritao; a new leader for a new administration.  Mayor Peros was the Acting Mayor who used his house as his office since Mayor Lopez still occupied the Municipal Hall until such time that they were able to construct a temporary office.

On December 1987 an election has been set by the Commission on Election (COMELEC). During the transition and campaign period Mr. Tomas L. Magno was appointed OIC Mayor.  With his short appointment as Mayor, Mr. Magno was able to construct projects such as: construction of a boundary marker between Aritao and Dupax Sur erected at barangay Gabut; construction of a water tank at Municipal Plaza; construction of gate (galvanized iron grills) for the market and in front of the Municipal plaza; and construction of concrete pavement at Lejao Subdivision, Poblacion and Darapidap (near the New Tribes Mission). His term ended on February 1988 when Mayor Guillermo M. Peros, the newly elected Mayor took his oath of office.

With the new set of elected officials, Mayor Peros was also the Presiding Officer in their era.  The officials were able to acquire funds for the construction of a new Municipal Building from the national government after the occurrence of Killer Earthquake in 1990. Most of the houses of the people especially along the mountainous area including their crops were totally damaged.  Thus, the economic condition of the municipality was definitely affected.

It was in 1992 when the officials and employees transferred and occupied their new offices in the newly constructed Municipal Building.

Year 1994 was the full implementation of Republic Act 7160 known as the Local Government Code of 1991 which granted more powers, authority, responsibilities and resources to every Local Government Unit. This was a very gigantic challenge to the Local Chief Executive and other concerned officials in the exercise of powers in the delivery of much needed services. Since agricultural sector was the predominant and major sources of economy and livelihood of Aritao, Mayor Peros stressed the policy of maintaining undivided support to enhance the success of various development programs, projects and activities.  Most remarkable projects undertaken during the administration were:

  • Construction of Balite Multi-Purpose pavement
  • Construction of Pinang-oran concrete foot bridge
  • Capiñiaan goat raising project
  • Construction of Yaway Multi-Purpose pavement
  • Construction of Canabuan Elementary School latrine
  • Construction of Yaway loading platform
  • Construction of Canarem Multi-purpose loading platform
  • Reforestation of Ocao-Capiniaan Watershed area
  • Construction of Capiñiaan Multi-Purpose Pavement
  • Construction of Canabuan cable foot bridge
  • Establishment of Community based nursery in Aritao
  • Construction of Capiñiaan Barangay hall latrine
  • Rehabilitation of Capiñiaan water supply
  • Construction of Sta. Clara Elementary School water spring
  • Rehabilitation of Balite Public School Building
  • Development of Dumping site at Kirang, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya

It was also under his administration when Aritao High School and Sta. Clara High School was established.  As a start, the old town hall located at the foot of Mt. Malussong was converted into three classrooms to accommodate new enrollees of the school. The municipal officials were able to solicit funds for the construction of shed at Aritao Central School oval out of the Countryside Development Fund of the then Senator Gloria M. Arroyo.  Construction of public market drainage was also implemented out of the Congressional Development Fund of Congressman Leonardo B. Perez.

Since the municipality of Aritao was granted the full autonomy, the incumbent officials were able to implement projects out of its limited funds and resources including the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) such as: Maintenance of Barangay Anayo road, clearing, manual ditching and patching; rehabilitation of Anayo waiting shed; painting of Anayo Primary School and construction of basketball post, board and other accessories out of the 10% SK fund.

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kily enough, more projects were provided in the municipality funded by the European country and implemented through the Earthquake Rehabilitation Project (ERP).  Aritao was one of the recipients of projects which were implemented in the upland barangays affected by the Killer Earthquake on July 16, 1990 to wit: fencing of Anayo Primary School; rehabilitation of two classroom school building at Barangay Balite; construction of Mangga foot bridge in Yaway and Pinang-oran foot bridge at Barangay Bone South; completion of  the Tupa Communal Irrigation project; construction of Multi-Purpose Pavement at Sitio Mangga at Barangay Yaway and Spring Development at Barangay Balite.

In 1995, despite the unchanging poverty condition, deteriorating environment, severe unemployment and under-employment problems and water resources for irrigation, the municipality through the Local Chief Executive assumed greater responsibility of undertaking developmental moves of alleviating the plight of the poor.   The local officials continuously implemented projects and activities that restored and initiated industrial ventures and livelihood pursuits in mitigating the worsening condition of the way of life of Aritaoñeos. To wit: concreting of municipal compound that gave convenience to constituents and other visitors was implemented.  Some other projects were: installation of perimeter fence at dumping site to serve as protection of reforestation area; concreting of Tucay St. Phase II; rehabilitation of box culvert going to Aritao High School; construction of slope protection of the newly constructed school building at Bone South; full accomplishment of the concreting of Municipal Compound; leveling and grading of road going to dumping site; construction of waiting shed at Barangay Balite; installation of water tank at public market to cater 10 units eatery stalls for potable and domestic use; and  construction of 90 meters hanging bridge connecting Purok 7 of Barangay Bone South and Barangay Balite to be utilized during rainy season.  A hand rail was also constructed at Bone South Elementary School which was a big help to all pupils and teachers in going up to the school.  Fifteen (15) units’ fish and chicken stalls were also constructed at the public market.  The public market was also protected during night time after the installation of steel gate at the exit point.  A Komatsu-D-65A bulldozer has been acquired from the CDF of Congressman Leonardo B. Perez which became a big support in the implementation of infrastructure projects by the Peros administration.  Through the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), an Advan service vehicle was acquired from Miyakawa Enterprise Inc. in Japan for official use and other purposes.  Likewise, a service vehicle L-300 4WD was also purchased through Resolution No. 505-1994 in addition to six wheeler dump truck to cater the constituents of Aritao.  Through close coordination, the municipal government acquired 25 deep well projects installed to different barangays from the Countrywide Development Fund of Senator Nikki Coseteng amounting to P200, 000.00.  It was under this year that first case of recall was filed by the constituents of Cutar against their Barangay Captain Edgardo Razon for loss of confidence which resulted to snap election wherein a new Barangay Captain named Napoleon L. Espiritu was proclaimed as winner.

In the year 1996, the administration with the unabated deepening worldwide socio-economic problems, faced a milestone challenge. The regrettable occurrence of natural calamities during the previous years, among the notable of which were the 1990 Killer Earthquake, series of typhoons and floods, aggravated the miserable condition of the municipality. Every section of constituents’ way of life suffered unmeasurable damages and loses.

Such problems were solved by the administration through solid and meaningful partnership between government and non-government organizations. Regardless of very limited support from the outside sources, remarkable projects were implemented as follows:

  • Construction of two units fish fond at Barangay Baan as part of the livelihood project of the    community
  • Construction of two units potbed shed beside the Baan Friendship Hall
  • Concreting of Abordo Boulevard Phase II
  • Construction of waiting shed at Barangay Poblacion
  • Construction of public toilet at barangay Poblacion
  • Construction of perimeter fence at Slaughterhouse, Kirang
    • Purchase of one unit grader from the joint fund raising undertaken by the LGU and different barangays
    • Construction of Barangay Health Center at Calitlitan – a joint project of Mayor Peros, Vice Mayor Ruben M. Sayo and Councilor Lucing L. Tan
    • Construction of 90 meters hanging bridge at Purok 7 Bone South which was a great help to all constituents in transporting their farm produce to the public market during flood season
    • Construction of Balite Elementary School stage
    • Baan Elementary School stage and flag pole construction
    • Construction of hanging bridge at Barangay Beti
    • Construction of public toilet at Barangay Calitlitan
    • Construction of solar dryer at barangay Calitlitan
    • Construction of Day Care Center at barangay Calitlitan
    • Construction of a Health Center at Calitlitan jointly funded by Mayor Guillermo M. Peros, Vice Mayor Ruben M. Sayo and Coun. Lucita  L. Tan
    • Construction of Multi-purpose shed at barangay Cutar
    • Construction of barangay Stage at Darapidap
    • Construction of Solar Dryer at Barangay Darapidap
    • Construction of Barangay Hall at Darapidap
    • Construction of solar dryer at barangay Nagcuartelan
    • Construction of fence and stairs at Barangay Nagcuartelan which was a joint project of Vice Mayor Ruben M. Sayo, Coun. Claverina B. Doculan, Coun. Virginia T. Antonio and Coun. Fernando E. del Mundo.
    • Construction of waiting shed in front of  Nagcuartelan Elementary School
    • Construction of a “Talipapa” (Public Market) at Barangay Sta. Clara from the CDF of Ex-Congressman Leonardo B. Perez
    • Construction of Barangay Hall Extension at Sta. Clara from the Country Development Fund of Governor Rodolfo Q. Agbayani and feeder road project funded by the Plan International

The Peros administration also implemented projects funded by the different agencies such as the solar dryer at Comon funded by the Department of Agriculture; construction of multi-purpose drying pavement at Nocnoc Latar from the CDF of Sen. Gloria M. Arroyo; establishment of Nursery for seedling production  at Boy Scout Camp funded by  the Department of Agriculture; construction of Day Care Center at Barangay Tabueng in addition  to the  construction of  Calitlitan Elementary School Stage and Cutar Elementary School bleacher; construction of reservoir and pipes installation at Purok I, Barangay Bone South; construction of slope protection at Nagcuartelan Elementary School; construction of Day Care Center at Barangay Tabueng; Concreting of Rizal Street in Poblacion; Construction of Slope Protection at Nagcuartelan Elementary School; construction of Barangay Hall at Darapidap and construction of a Legislative Building  all funded from the CDF of Congressman Carlos M. Padilla. Other projects funded by other agencies were also implemented under the Peros administration to mention few were the reforestation project at Barangay Latar; maintenance of barangay road at Latar and construction of a hanging bridge at barangay Baan all funded by the ENR-SECAL .

In the same year, a new building for Aritao High School was established and the ground breaking ceremony graced by the then Congressman Carlos M. Padilla and the officials of the Municipality of Aritao led by Mayor Guillermo M. Peros.

The aforementioned accomplishment through the strong leadership of Mayor Peros, caused the municipality in attaining the most coveted award, “Most Outstanding Municipality of Nueva Vizcaya”.

In 1997, the highlights of achievements of Peros Administration showed that it has prudently and consistently towards maximizing the utilization of scarce resources for economic and social gains.  The battle against poverty was aggravated by the occurrence of economic disasters caused by “El Niño phenomenon” and other natural calamities in addition to the tremendous percentage of Aritaoñeos living below the threshold belt.

Despite lots of painstaking, with the administration wholehearted exerted efforts, substantial accomplishments were attained. In the area of infrastructure, the construction of numerous facilities for sizeable and lasting progress had high priority in development program. As evidenced by the enormous infrastructure projects as follows:

  • Construction of market stalls funded under the 20% development fund
  • Completion of Banganan Day Care Center
  • Installation of hand rails at Nagcuartelan Elementary School
  • Rip rapping in front of Kirang Elementary School through the initiative of Barangay Council and funded through the CDF of Congressman Carlos M. Padilla.
  • Construction of Canabuan Day Care Center through the CDF of Carlos M. Padilla
  • Construction of Sta. Clara Bantay Bayan Building
  • Concreting of Burgos Street Phase 1, Poblacion
  • Construction of Rubble Stone Masonry of Aritao-Canabuan Road funded by the Provincial Government
  • Construction of Comfort Rooms of Calitlitan Health Center
  • Construction of reservoir being used during Camporals and watering of Municipal Nursery funded through the 20% development fund
  • Construction of Intake reservoir and installation of pipe from Municipal Mini-Forest Park to Aritao High School. These gave great help to student from AHS in maintaining clean and green program and sanitation.
  • Construction of public comfort rooms between Rural Health Unit and Library Building
  • Installation of pergola leading to Camp Guillermo
  • Construction of additional stalls (#25-30) at Public Market
  • Construction of concrete bridge at Lower Baan  funded by ENR-SECAL
  • Rehabilitation of hanging bridge crossing Balite creek
  • Purchased of new generator which was being used during camporals and other activities
  • Acquisition of a new ambulance

The administration initiative to support barangays in the repair and maintenance of roads and bridges and other projects was visible through utilization of construction equipments such as the backhoe funded from the 20% development fund.

Sports and Physical Fitness on the same year became one of the pet programs of the administration in support to Philippines Sports 2000. Under the 5th – 6th class municipalities, Aritao ranked  First Place “Siglakas Bayan Award” held at Ilo-ilo City with P100, 000.00 cash prize of which then used for sports facilities.  Along this line, intensive sports activities were launched involving barangays that fortify mutual partnership in physical capability building with the priority events in sports which was boxing.

            In the area of agriculture, technical assistances were rendered through several farm demonstrations and livestocks production trainings as an evidence of graduates from the Kasakalikasan program. Such programs caused the increasing momentum that gave additional gainful in Aritaoñeos livelihood.

On health aspect, one of the policies of Peros administration was to extend free medicines to patients and indigent families.  Under social welfare services, it included implementation of programs and projects on Child and youth welfare, family community welfare, women’s welfare and welfare of the elderly and disabled.

In the area of environmental management, the establishment of a municipal nursery was one of the priority projects of the administration. Through the program, maintenance of ecological balance and preservation of the municipality as one of the watershed areas in the Region was attained.

With the systematic measures and strategies in coming up revenue collection, there was a gradual and continuous increase of income due to good working relationship of different offices concerned. The constructions of numerous facilities constituted the infrastructure for a substantial and lasting progress.  As evidenced, were the continuous concreting of municipal streets, public market improvements, repair and maintenance of roads and bridges, assistance to communal irrigation system and other projects.

Generally, peace and order situation in the municipality improved.  The occurrence of criminality decreased compared during the previous years. Most crimes were attributed from misunderstanding, alcoholism, and poverty.

Mayor Guillermo M. Peros is a combination of an easy and unwavering commitment to strive for what he believes in. He never asserts his stature, always treating his people like, “he’s one of them”. Beneath the simple façade, however, is a man of extraordinary ability to easily decipher what will contribute in the realization of his visions and what will be just a waste of the people’s money, even at the expense of political experience.  Scion to a non-political clan, Mayor Peros turned into a formidable leader with his uncanny ability to strike a balance between old immutable values and the latest approaches to governance. Working almost without fanfare, his many undertakings never frail to do wonders for his people.


 

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RUBEN M. SAYO

Municipal Mayor

1998-2007

After the period in power of Mayor Peros, came a youthful and talented man into the arena of Local Chief Executives in May 1998. Mayor Ruben M. Sayo, a former Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer, is a political leader who manifested his dedication and perseverance in the performance of his duties and responsibilities as the Local Chief Executive of the town.

 A service-oriented citizen encouraged his desire to try his hand in seeking public office. Like a duck attracted to the water, he was at home and happy in the environment of politics. The rise of Ruben Sayo in the world of politics gained momentum. He quickly showed that political will is the single most important ingredient in governance and led Aritao to several awards, especially in the anti-illegal gambling and clean and green program. Mayor Sayo as the youngest elected Mayor in the municipality is a leader who abhorred illegal activities. He bears the courage in combating or curbing illegal activities particularly the illegal numbered game “jueteng”.  In as much as one of his mandates was,  to keep Aritao a peaceful and self-reliant municipality  to live in, he ran after the bet collectors or “kabos”  to the extent of providing them capitals and divert  the violators to open a small business instead of collecting bets.

            Mayor Sayo anchored his governance upon the twin pillar of honesty and integrity, opening his doors wide-open to his constituency and worked hard to improve the economy of Aritao. The people of Aritao rewarded him with huge landslide victory over his challenger in 1998 election. From the time he became municipal vice-mayor until he rose to the highest elected position in the municipality; he has consistently showed an intense drive to help the poor and downtrodden. In a way, public service is his way of repaying for the good fortune that he has received.

Notable programs/projects and activities implemented by Mayor Sayo during his three consecutive terms cannot be equated and the constituents of Aritao are now enjoying.  In the area of health, Mayor Sayo had made tremendous improvement to the municipality. Undaunted  in the commitment of giving  priority to child survival, protection and development, the Philippine Measles Elimination Campaign known as “Ligtas Tigdas” and “Araw ng Sangkap Pinoy (ASAP)” were launched to eliminate the dreaded and highly transmissible diseases that causes death and disability among infants and young children and eliminate micronutrient malnutrition in the municipality. Relative to this, there were numerous medical missions and expanded programs on immunization were conducted to all barangays. The “ Libreng Gamot” program and “ Operation Timbang” were also conducted to check the health of the less fortunate and unprivileged constituents. Supplementary feedings including deworming for severely underweight school children were also distributed in rural areas. Moreover, CIVAC (Civic Action Program) was conducted to different barangays wherein medical and dental services were rendered.

            During his term, the young mayor envisioned how important agriculture would become in the economic transformation of the municipality and its people. On the crest of the agricultural productivity movement, Mayor Sayo launched his “Vision and Action” program, requiring him to regularly trek to the countryside organizing farmers, building and inaugurating irrigation and post harvest facilities and other infrastructure projects, opening training seminars and workshops, establishing cooperatives, and distributing hybrid seeds and farm equipment.

During his era, the municipality had rehabilitated and constructed a total of 63 CIS (Communal Irrigation Systems) municipal wide. Together these facilities provided irrigation to 2,786 hectares of crop land.  In crops development program, construction of Small Water Impounding Projects in Nocnoc, Latar, Kirang and Darapidap were continuously developed with service area of 200 hectares benefiting 123 farmers within the municipality. There were massive units of Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement constructed benefiting numbers of farmers in the vicinity. Moreover, a technology demonstration farm or popularly known as University without walls was established in Barangay Darapidap where farmer-leaders and Agri-Tech personnel were trained to produce high quality seeds.

Other distinguished innovative projects being sustained was the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani Rice Program through the subsidized Seed Scheme, the LGU allocated 465 bags of Certified Inbred Seeds benefiting 414 farmers, 2,076 kg of hybrid (F1) seeds benefiting 30 farmers, 103 bags of hybrid seeds, 1,131 packs of Bio-N benefiting 323 farmers, 5,160 kg Zinc Sulfate benefiting 422 farmers and 3,564 kg Muriate of Phosphate benefiting 267 farmers.  In the implementation of the Plant Now Pay Later Scheme, the municipality has availed 1,150 fruit bearing trees, 443 certified seeds under the Certified Seeds Distribution Program and 700 assorted vegetables seeds and distributed to interested farmers.

With great honor and pride, the Local Government Unit in cooperation with the  Department of Agriculture, hosted the Agrikulturang Maka-Masa Festival 2000 last April 9-14 at the Lopez Farm, Kirang where agricultural entrepreneurs exhibited their own products and with no other than Hon. Edgrardo J. Angara, former Secretary of Agriculture, the Guest of Honor. This event helped ensured the upliftment of quality of life and enhanced sustainable agricultural community in the municipality. Moreover, a total of 6,354 farmers municipal wide were assisted technically through numbers of seminar-workshops on Post-harvest technology, nutrient management and pest and disease management with the aim of attaining increase production of high quality agricultural produce.

 In livestock, fisheries and aquatic development program, the administration through the 20% development fund had purchased a total of 49 heads cattle, 40 heads carabao, 15 heads of chicken aside from 200 sasso chicken as breeder to upgrade native chickens,  95 heads of  swine and 312 fingerlings of tilapia and carp which were dispersed to deserved farmers in the municipality. Aside from technical assistance rendered to poultry, livestock raisers and fisherfolks through series of trainings on animal health care, pest and disease management, feeds and feeding and other activities, regular vaccination, deworming and castration activities were also conducted to prevent the possible occurrence of animal diseases.

In 1998, amidst the temporary withholding of 10% Internal Revenue Allotment resulting to temporarily suspension of the implementations of infrastructure programs based on the 20% development fund, the Sayo Administration was still lucky enough to have received infrastructure projects from the Countrywide Development Fund of Congressman Carlos M. Padilla. Such significant projects were:

  • Concreting of Rizal Street of barangay Poblacion
  • Construction and rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads along the Beti-Yaway-Ocao with the aim of providing constituents from the upland accessible roads for their products
  • Concreting of the Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet section which serves a vital link between the province and Baguio City
  • Construction of concrete bridge at Barangay Latar
  • Construction of stage at Purok Gasajas, Comon
  • Development of Municipal Park, Poblacion
  • Enclosure of 3 units stock room, Mun. Compound
  • Maintenance of Drainage system, Poblacion
  • Enclosure of Municipal Treasurer’s Office
  • Construction of Comfort Room, Sta. Clara Elementary School
  • Manual ditching, gravelling and blasting at Aritao-Sta. Clara
  • Construction, rehabilitation and improvement of Barangay Halls of Anayo, Banganan, Bone North, Calitlitan, Canarem, Comon, Darapidap, Nagcuartelan, Ocao and Sta. Clara
  • Rehabilitation and construction of Multi-Purpose Pavement at Barangays of Anayo, Baan, Beti and Bone North
  • Construction of 11 waiting sheds distributed on the different barangays municipal wide

The same year was a busy year for the health personnel with the implementation of various national and local programs. Their unending and wholeheartedly dedication with the leadership of Mayor Sayo was rewarded with a priceless award, “Healthiest Market Award” garnered during the Nueva Vizcaya Day last May 23, 1998.

Millennium Year 2000 was another fruitful year for the administration. Although directly affected by two strong typhoons and other unforeseen problems, his administration was able to deliver the basic services that contributed to the upliftment of the Aritaoñeos to wit:

  • Construction of Canabuan and Baan Health Centers
  • Construction of School Stage, Canabuan Elementary School
  • Construction of two storey Public Market Stall
  • Rehabilitation of Anayo and Ocao Farm to Market Roads
  • Construction of two storey Day Care Center/ Barangay Hall
  • Rehabilitation of Lactawan- Sta. Clara Road
  • Rehabilitation of Bone North-Bone South Irrigation
  • Concreting of Kanloan St. (Phase 1), Poblacion
  • Construction/ Rehabilitation of various Communal Irrigation Systems Municipal wide
  • Maintenance of Municipal Drainage, Poblacion
  • Installation of Bone North Drainage System
  • Installation of Darapidap Water System
  • Concreting of Bagbag-Cutar Feeder Road
  • Construction of Waiting Shed at Purok 5, Bone South
  • Completion of School Stage, Sta. Clara High School
  • Completion of two Storey Public Market Stall (Phase IV)

Not considering the irregular released of Internal Revenue Allotment, implementation of various infrastructure projects were made possible with the joint ventures or cost sharing scheme with different agencies like ERP-CASCADE, LMP, ENR-SECAL and Countrywide Development Fund of Congressman Carlos M. Padilla. Most remarkable infrastructure projects undertaken during his administration were:

  • Construction of Hanging Bridges of Liwliwa, Latar and Calitlitan-Balite
  • Construction and rehabilitations of Bingbangan, Tucanon and  Balite Roads
  • Concreting of Tucay, Del Pillar, Luna, Rizal, Leprozo, Zamora and Bonifacio Streets of Barangay Poblacion
  • Construction of Latar-San Mateo, Kirang and Nagcuartelan Farm to Market Roads
  • Installation of Water Systems of Calitlitan and Bone North
  • Construction of Canarem Multi-Purpose Pavement
  • Rehabilitation of SWIP at Kirang Surong and construction of Banganan Flood Control project
  • Purchase of six wheeler dump truck and garbage compactor, road roller, Kia Panaromic Service AUV and two units Korando 4×4 utility jeep

To acknowledge and give credit to the efforts of the barangay officials and their constituents, the municipality through Mayor Sayo’s leadership, held the search for cleanest and greenest barangays. The search aimed to ensure the basic services of the government will be felt by the community through the cleanliness and beautification, as the major function. It encouraged barangay officials to initiate cleanliness through community volunteerism and cooperation.  The contest gave due recognition to barangays who have shown outstanding performance in cleaning and beautifying their communities.

On the same year, Aritao came into the limelight of success and brought into a pedestal upon garnering the most coveted award such as:

  • 2nd Place for being the cleanest and greenest Slaughter house in Nueva Vizcaya
  • The municipality garnering 2nd Place for being the cleanest and greenest lowland Municipality in the Nueva Vizcaya and for being the Cleanest and greenest municipal parks (Category A)

Year 2001 though a tempestuous and perhaps the most troubled and trying year in our recent history, Aritao through strong pillars of Sayo leadership, still strive for success and development. The finalization and completion of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Zoning Ordinance (ZO) was the main accomplishment for 2001. With its completion, it provided dynamic documents that continued evolved new challenges and opportunities pertaining to the land uses of the municipality which enhanced its development in becoming a tertiary commercial center in Southern Nueva Vizcaya.

Notwithstanding reduction and irregular released of the IRA, the administration still able to deliver the basic services to its constituents, granting of basic health services and the implementation of programs and projects. Most noteworthy projects implemented were:

  • Constructions, rehabilitations and improvements of diversion dams of Anayo, Kirang Centro, Bone South, Beti, Nagcuartelan and Sta. Clara and  Yaway Communal Irrigation Systems
  • Rehabilitation of Calitlitan Small Water Impounding Dam
  • Balite, Latar, Anayo, Banganan, Comon, Baan, Yaway and Poblacion roads improvement
  • Concreting of 840 sq.m. Latar and Tucanon Multi-Crop Drying Pavements
  • Constructions of hanging bridges at Canabuan, Calitlitan, Bone South-Ocao, Latar and Lower Anayo
  • Constructions of Day Care Centers at Latar, Beti and Anayo
  • Rehabilitations of Multi-Purpose Halls of Bone South, Beti and Banganan Elementary Schools
  • Constructions and installations of 31 unit streetlights along Barangays of Poblacion and Darapidap
  • Improvement of Barangay Hall facilities at Latar, Comon, Anayo, Banganan, Balite, Bone North, Bone South and Darapidap

Through the administration’s firm and innovative leadership, the municipality reaped outstanding awards such as follows:

  • The Municipal Assessor’s Office for garnering 3rd place for its outstanding accomplishment on Local Government Finance and Regional Association of Treasurers and Assessors, Inc. of Region 2 (19th day of September 2001)
  • The Nutrition Program for attaining decrease of prevalence rate of combined moderate and severe underweight pre-school children.

Though Mayor Sayo’s second term as Local Chief Executive about to end, year 2003 was a fruitful and fulfilling one for the administration.  It was another year that highlighted a government of competence, integrity and performance. Numerous accomplishments were realized by the joint concerted efforts of the LGU and invaluable support of the various sectors in the municipality.

            Being a pre-dominantly agricultural town, Mayor Sayo had increased the budget for agricultural programs from pre-planting to post-harvest facilities which benefited numbers of farmers municipal wide. Worth mentioning projects were: purchased of P 10,000.00 worth assorted vegetable seeds and P 4,888,80 Racumin; and   through the subsidized seed scheme, distributed 312 bags of inbred rice and 880 kgs. of hybrid rice benefiting 147 worthy farmers. In livestock production, the local government unit purchased and distributed a total of 770 heads of cattle, carabaos and Kabir eggs aside from regular vaccination and deworming of 24,492 total of livestocks. Moreover, the administration through approval of the Sangguniang Bayan had established municipal sanctuary along the Marang River which served as breeding area of the different fish species.

The Sayo administration also intensified the “Lapit-Gobyerno Program” by conducting more mobile wedding (Libreng Kasal) and live birth registration (Libreng Pagpaparehistro ng mga Bata) free of charge. In addition to the implementation of package of comprehensive social service which enabled the administration in the upliftment of the living conditions of the distresses individual especially those who were handicapped and the like.

In the area of infrastructure, through the motivation of Mayor Sayo, projects were fast-tracked and implemented. To name few included the completion of the Legislative Building with the release of P1-M from the Countryside Development Fund of Congressman Carlos M. Padilla. It was also during his term when the LGU had acquired a mechanical grader as part of the joint efforts of the provincial and local government and CASCADE. Other notable projects implemented were:

  • Construction and improvement of Barangay Halls of Beti and Tabueng
  • Construction and improvement of health centers of Barangay Darapidap, Anayo, Banganan and Ocao-Capiniaan
  • Improvement of school buildings of Comon, Baan, Kirang, Yaway, Bone North, Bone South, Sta. Clara and Canarem Elementary Schools
  •  Construction of Tire Paths at Ocao, Comon, Balite and Capiniaan
  • Improvement of Lower-Upper Anayo, Lungdao and  Kirang Farm to Market Roads
  • Rehabilitation of Pinang-Oran-Yaway and Santa Clara-Berber Roads
  • Construction of Kiskis-Nagsabaran Hanging Bridge
  • Construction and rehabilitation of Bone South, Bone North, Latar, Beti and Kirang water systems
  • Construction and rehabilitation of Diversion Dams of Beti-Tabueng, Kabaretan  and Lungdao at Beti Communal Irrigation Systems
  • Rehabilitation and maintenance of Tucanon-Tabueng and Lower Sta. Clara Communal Irrigation System
  • Construction of Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement at Poblacion and Gasajas, Comon
  • Construction and completion of waiting sheds at Ocao-Capiniaan, Anayo and Beti

It was also during this year when the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) was created in line with the Government Procurement Reform Act as a move in the eradication of red-tape and corruptions in government transactions.

In 2004, the municipality through the administration guided by its vision, “Aritao…a peaceful, self-reliant and progressive community”, made strides toward unprecedented growth and development over its remarkable accomplishments and achievements to wit: establishment of a “One-Stop-Shop” tax collection center where Mayor’s permits, Business Licenses and other business clearances were availed in one setting.

The municipality’s strong and innovative population program had been a model in community-based family planning, church-government partnership in promoting natural family planning, information systems and related programs showed by the 90-100% accomplishments of the 4 Health Core Programs such as conceptualization of “Piso para sa Buntis” and “Buntis Party” and other intensive family planning campaign.

The first-ever formulation of Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) for the ensuing year with the assistance of the Department of Interior and Local Government was also realized. It was expected to set the pace and direction towards growth and development of the municipality; and moreover, the creation through Executive Order the composition of the Bids and Awards Committee based on RA 9184 otherwise known as Government Procurement Reform Act.

The same year was a worthwhile moment for all Aritaoñeos with the outnumbered awards the municipality had attained through the full support of all agencies and chairmanship of Mayor Sayo such as: 1st Place in the Booth Competition during the Nueva Vizcaya Day Celebration and Nutrition Program marked as “Hall of Fame” for Green Banner Awardee for three consecutive years.

In the pursuit of the vision, the municipality seeks to accomplish its mission: “Thru proper governance and people’s participation shall promote the general welfare of its constituents and work for its economic development and create a just social order”. The administration though faced with challenging situation, year 2005 was another year of milestone triumph for the municipality. Highlights of the year accomplishment implemented by the Sayo administration were:

  • Formulation of the 2005-2007 Executive Legislative Agenda (ELA) as per resolution No. 11 Series of 2005 with the assistance of the DILG
  • Formulation by the Aritao Solid Waste Management Program (ASWMP) of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Plan and launched to all barangays municipal wide
  • The municipality conducted Political boundary survey which started last October 2005 due to the reduction of its land area from 40, 265 sq.ha. to 26,506 sq.ha.
  • The Municipal Assessors Office conducted general revision of all properties within the municipality
  • The Municipal Library was made functional through the sponsorship of Aritao Association of United States of America who donated books and computers for public use

Matched with these undertakings were outnumbered awards being received to wit: 3rd place for the Best Booth; 1st place in the Float Competition  and 1st place in the PINAKA (mango) during the celebration of the Nueva Vizcaya Foundation Day last May 19-24, 2005; 1st Place- Outstanding Public Health Nurse in the Province, Outstanding Brgy. Nutrition Scholar in the Province and Region (1st Place) and 6th Place in the National Level; 1st Place Outstanding Health Worker in the Province; and 2nd Place Outstanding Rural Health Midwife. These honors were brought about by the job well done made by the Municipal Nutrition Committee and collaborative efforts of the implementers and agencies under the chairmanship of Mayor Ruben M. Sayo.

            Moreover, the municipality was consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition and was awarded cash prize of one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) from the National Nutrition Council last  October 21, 2005 by His Excellency Vice-President Noli de Castro; 3rd Place in the Search for Most Friendly Public Market adjudged by the Department of Trade and Industry and lastly, the young yet deserving Mayor Ruben M. Sayo was again awarded for the second time in the “Parangal para sa Mararangal” for a No to Jueteng Operation in the Municipality.

Though year 2006 marked the final term of the youthful mayor, he still untiringly extended support to his constituents in the pursuit of the municipality’s development. The year served an opportunity to touch lives. Through the ebb of times as he seats as LCE, he had the opportunity to listen to small voice among the ocean of voices of the peasants and the needy and saw more potentials and opportunities amidst wide range of poverty and threats.

These opportunities lead the administration to build bridges of partnerships and link with service providers such as various government and non-government organizations for role complementation and resource sharing. These resulted to the timely implementation and appropriation of empowered programs at a larger scale such as:

  • Construction of Farm to Market Roads at Sitio Ilang-Ilang of Barangay Bone North, Darapidap and Canarem which improved access by 85% and consequently reduce travel time. Likewise, hauling costs for farm produce and construction materials were reduced.
  • Maintenance of Barangay Health Center at Bone South, Darapidap, Kirang, Sta. Clara and Cutar which will cater barangay households and will certainly decrease the percentage of malnutrition, sickness and mortality cases especially infants and children.
  • Improvement of Barangay Hall of Bone South, Bone North, Canarem, Comon, Cutar and Sta. Clara
  • Construction of Multi-Purpose Pavement Hall at Bone North and Sta. Clara
  • Rehabilitation of water reservoirs of Kirang, Comon, Darapidap, Tucanon and  Canarem
  • Maintenance of Barangay Roads of Bone South, Canarem and Comon
  • Installation of RCPC at Sitio Duyung, Anayo which benefited 20 farmers and 10 households and reducing travel time from 1 hour to 5 minutes.
  • Construction of 75 linear meter Yaway Tire Path which greatly improved access going to upland making it easy for residents for transport farm produce, construction materials and other necessities.

The Municipal Treasurer’s Office, through the collective efforts of all concerns agencies with the active leadership of Mayor Sayo, established a “One Stop Shop” tax collection center which was conceived for the taxpayers who acquired Mayor’s Permits and other licenses in one paying session. Moreover, the office was awarded as the 2nd Top Collecting agency in terms of real property tax collection in the whole Province of Nueva Vizcaya. This prestigious award was given by Hon. Luisa Lloren Cuaresma last January 26, 2007 at Amungan Hall, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

Mayor Sayo also embarked on a program to equip unemployed men and women with productive skills and get them started to become entrepreneurs. With technical support from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the local government conducted seminars on a variety of business opportunities such as in dressmaking, cosmetology, reflexology and food processing, preserving and packaging of available raw fruits and vegetables in the municipality. These programs encouraged Aritaoñeos to pursue productive activities, and not just waste their time in idle pursuits. One prominent example was the organization of associations and Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC). With the funding assistance from the Office of the Public Employment and Services Officer (PESO), housewives were trained to process foods like: smoked fish, fish in fermented rice, egg preservation and the like.  All these initiatives were intended to achieve one purpose: to make Aritao a haven of hardworking, productive and happy people working together in a productive environment, in a community that value honest labor and aspire to utilize resources for the benefit of majority.

            Moreover, perhaps the biggest legacy that Mayor Sayo has bequeathed to his constituents is in the area of sports. Known to be a sports enthusiast, he keeps on promoting sports development and worked hard for the completion of Municipal Plaza Shed Phases 1-6 equipped with sports facilities. This State of the Art and craftsmanship was made possible through funding allocations. It serves as venue and haven for sports enthusiasts all over the province. With its multi-purpose facilities, the property caters special events like sports festivals, ball tournaments, family day, cheering, drums and bugle competitions, religious and civic conventions.  Physical fitness and sports activities were continuously enhanced purposely to develop sports camaraderie and oneness among the different sectors more specially the youth sector.

In all these undertakings, Mayor Sayo has minted a distinguished mark – an unshakable political will to do what is right and bring back the respect of the people for the law. He is never afraid to step on the toes of powerful groups in the enforcement of laws such as the campaign against illegal gambling. His refusal to succumb to tempting offers of bribe money from those involved in these activities has elevated him to a stature of responsibility in the eyes of his people.

Mayor Ruben M. Sayo finished his three consecutive terms as the Local Chief Executive who later became the Executive Assistant of the newly elected Mayor Lucita “Lucing” L. Tan in 2007. His decades of public service may be summed as – uncorrupted role model for the youth and a competent and principled politician. He may be young but he is experienced, competent and knowledgeable to pursue public service and governance.


 

8

LUCITA L. TAN

Municipal Mayor

2007-2010

A compassionate and courageous woman, although Chinese-blooded but Filipino–hearted lady, succeeded the Sayo administration in 2007.   Her name Lucita “Lucing” L. Tan has become popularly known in all the corners of Aritao as well as in the province for she was a businesswoman in profession and the only Lady Mayor in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya during their term likewise,  the only lady Mayor who ruled Aritao.

Her previous experiences as Legislator (Municipal Councilor) for nine years became her capital and gave her the courage to enter into a higher position in politics.  In her three terms as a Municipal Councilor, she showed many charitable deeds like giving of her salaries in terms of projects to all barangays, non-government organizations and other sectors of the society which is worth emulating.

A strong clamor from her constituents, coupled with her sincere desire to serve the people and effect significant changes for the development of the municipality, persuaded her to run for mayor during the May 2007 elections. Elected by an overwhelming vote of Aritaoñeos, Mayor Tan is a dynamic, visionary and creative leader, one possessing not merely the integrity and competence to define and formulate people-oriented and people-driven programs that can be replicated in other town, but more importantly one who has the courage to confront the obstacles of success.

            Her dictum, Aritao should go “Beyond the Basics” speaks volumes about the self-confessed “workaholic” who works hard for the development of Aritao. With her hands-on style of management, her faith in the capabilities of her people, and acumen, indeed able to introduce changes in the municipality. She is a catalyst who steered the direction and transformation of Aritao into a thriving and healthy town, now glowing with potentials.

In her term as the Local Chief Executive, she embarks on the fulfillment of the dreams she nurtured for a better Aritao by reaching out to all sectors of the community, motivating them to actively work in partnership with government. Early on, Mayor Tan rely on the vision that, “We are no longer the Aritaoñeos of old, we are the Aritaoñeos of today; We are humble, open to new ideas and people who will make our dreams come true”.

During her three year term, Mayor Tan founded her Seven-Point Agenda for development. These are on Food Security and Agricultural Productivity to attain food sufficiency especially in rice and increase non-traditional crops yield as well as volume of livestock and poultry; Improved Health, Education and Social Services; Infrastructure Development; Environment Protection; Investment Promotion and Development and Tourism Promotion.

Year 2007 marked the beginning of Tan era. Standing by the principle, “ When I do what is beneficial to the greater number of my brethren; then I can never be wrong”, in her first year as Local Chief Executive, she showed extra effort and valor in the implementation of projects which are beneficial to majority of the recipients.

Through the development and reality of the Proposed Aritao Growth Center (AGC) at Barangay Banganan, it would certainly make the municipality achieved enhancement in its economic growth. It is a one stop shop business center that will completely satisfy the increasing numbers of traders and consumers in Aritao and nearby municipalities aside from becoming a major source of revenues uplifting the socio-economic conditions of all Aritaoñeos. With optimism, its realization wills certainly become the “Flagship Project” of her administration.

In infrastructure, she had strengthened the municipality’s engineering brigades to sustain the construction and repair of bridges and roads, school buildings, waterworks systems, drainage systems and other vital infrastructure projects to wit:

  • Rehabilitation of Upper and Lactawan Sta. Clara Communal Irrigation Systems
  • Construction of Diversion Dam at Tui Communal Irrigation Systems, Bone South
  • Construction of Canal at Upper Pasto Communal Irrigation Systems, Balite
  • Construction of Slope Protection of  Beti-Yaway Communal Irrigation Systems
  • Rehabilitation and construction  of deep well at sitio Naregta, Comon and Tabueng
  • Construction of Waiting Shed at  Payao, Poblacion
  • Rehabilitation of School Building of Kirang Elementary School
  • Completion of Concrete Pavement (Phase 3), Aritao High School

In the improvement of access to basic services and reduction of hauling cost of agricultural products and linking the production areas to the market, complete rehabilitation of all weathered roads that increases the number of vehicles flying in the municipality came in reality.  With joint ventures with PDAF and PLGU, the administration was able to construct three Multi-Purpose Drying Pavements with a total cost of P300, 000.00 from Department of Agriculture RFU 02.

Lighting projects were also fast tracked though given limited time for project implementations for the year. The LGU through her leadership had put on 37 streetlights along Abordo Street of Barangay Poblacion. These were solicited from concerned brothers and sisters across the miles. Most of the major roads and minor streets which were neglected in the past are now gleaming the once dark and crime-prone streets. Aritaoñeos now enjoy the beauty of the municipality not only in the day but also during the night.

Prominently known as agricultural spot, Aritaoñeos have been vastly producing agricultural products and harness lavishly their skills and interest in crops planning, livestock raising, fishery and others. With this, the Tan administration had continuously developed the Demo Farm in Darapidap. This served as an open wall university for farmers and agricultural technician learning center to deepen their knowledge on the said endeavor.

In the area of health, the municipality bagged the regional and national nutrition awards and a consistent Regional Outstanding Winner on Nutrition. The MHO with the unending support of Mayor Tan had been on the 2nd year of being a CROWN Awardee under the national level.  There was also 99.99% strict implementation of “Knock out Tigdas” Program municipal wide that helped in the attainment of limited or zero tigdas case of Aritaoñeos.

Moreover, a joint Civic Action Program was continually conducted by the Local Government Unit and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce who donated medicines in Barangay Bone South serving 600 residents from all walks of life. Anchored by the Sayo Administration, Mayor Tan also extended whole-year round medical and dental mission especially in far-flung areas.

The same year also when the administration implemented innovative projects such as the Gawad Kalinga Housing Project located at Ari-Tau GK Village, Banganan that cater and cuddle poor and less fortunate indigent families in the municipality. It was made in realization through the philanthropist Sayo family who allotted two hectare-lot for the project. Moreover, a total of 1,211 indigents under the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation reaching out to 6,055 family members were enrolled during her first year.

Another highlight of 2007 accomplishments was the final arrangement of a 27 years-old boundary dispute between the municipality and Sta. Fe through a Supreme Court Decision GR. No. 140474 last September 21 in favor of Aritao improving its tenurial instrument.

2008 was another year of a milestone challenge for the administration. Faced with number of problems and controversies, with the administrations strong pillars, continued to nurture and provide its constituents with  wide range of developments to every Aritaoñeos especially the needy and downtrodden on her second year of service.

With Mayor Tan strong determination and as an exemplary catalyst, she untiringly implemented and completed noteworthy sustainable agriculture projects benefiting the farming populace in attaining increase in production and profitability of farmers and ensuring upliftment of quality of life such as:

  • Rehabilitation of Orden Communal Irrigation System, Bone South
  • Rehabilitation of Existing Sluice Gate (Communal Irrigation System), Lower Sta. Clara
  • Construction of Spur Dike  (Cabisolocolan Communal Irrigation System), Bone South
  • Construction of Cross Drain at Barangay Darapidap
  • Construction of Dissipator between Barangays of  Tucanon and Tabueng
  • Rehabilitation of Water System (Water Pump)of  Nagcuartelan Communal Irrigation System
  • Construction of Retaining Wall of  Lungdao Communal Irrigation System, Beti and Lactawan Creek, Sta. Clara
  • Installation of Flume, Kirang Surong Communal Irrigation System
  • Construction of Reservoir (Phase 2), Banganan
  • Construction of Diversion Channel at Berber Communal Irrigation System, Sta. Clara, Comon-Tabueng Communal Irrigation System and Canay Communal Irrigation System, Anayo
  • Construction and improvement of Diversion Intake at TUI, Bone South and Cabaretan Communal Irrigation System, Beti
  • Construction of Irrigation Canal at Upper Pasto Communal Irrigation System, Calitlitan, Tucanon Lower SWIP, Centro Beti Communal Irrigation System, Anayo Communal Irrigation System and Beti-Yaway Communal Irrigation System
  • Construction of Slope Protection at Latar, Upper Baan Communal Irrigation System, Kirang Damoris Communal Irrigation System and Sta. Clara Upper Communal Irrigation System

The same year marked a leap in infrastructure aspect through the firm initiative of the lady local chief executive in coordination with the Municipal Engineering Office. Construction and repair of roads, bridges and other related projects were prioritized. It was during her term when the following projects were realized:  construction of tire paths with a total length of 631.50 linear meters at Ocao, Eco-Park of Kirang, Yaway, Baan, Balite, Anayo, Canarem and Sta. Clara; construction of 303 l.m Farm to Market Roads at Simangguer, Darapidap; construction of 245 l.m foot path at Lower Anayo and construction and rehabilitation of bridges at Darapidap, Banganan and Upper Baan.

In the area of infrastructure projects in support to health services, remarkable projects and programs were being implemented. To ensure that her constituents would have access to safe drinking water, water system projects were constructed in different barangays like in Sitio Ballaigi of Darapidap, Lower Kirang, Balite and Sta. Clara; and Construction and rehabilitation of RCPC overflow at Ocao, Kirang, Anayo and Baan.

Under the administration, the Municipal Government also intensified its efforts on the implementation of waste management and pollution control through the development and enhancement of the Sanitary Landfill (SLF) at Barangay Kirang coupled with proper collection of residual waste. With strict implementation of Republic Act No. 9003 known as the “ The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”, community members especially in the proper area cooperate by practicing solid waste management activities such as segregation, re-use, recycling and composting of  their waste. Utility under the Office of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator-Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MPDO-MENRO) and Municipal Engineering Office (MEO) are the waste collector with “No segregation, No collection” policy.   The establishment will hopefully be a model toward a successful waste management program in the whole municipality.

Mayor Tan too firmly believed that education is the foundation of every individual to have a better future. She supported the Day Care Center Movement through the “Adopt a Day Care Program” in the whole municipality wherein she supported the construction and improvement of Cutar and Comon DCC which summed up to 31 centers municipal wide. The continuous Day Care Service which is saturated in 22 barangays served numbers of  pre-schoolers in the municipality to develop the spiritual and social values, creative and analytical ability, personal ability and ability to handle human relations, physical developments and provisions of comfort and safety for the children ages 3-6 years old. Improvement of school establishments and buildings were also funded by the Tan era to wit: construction of school plant box at Gasajas, Comon; concreting of Sta. Clara High School playground; construction of steel support of STA compound; improvement of school buildings of Comon, Nagcuartelan and Bone North Elementary Schools; construction and improvement of STA basketball courts; construction of Darapidap Elementary School Mini-stage; and  volleyball stand construction at Banganan Elementary School.

Year 2009 although marked the omega of the Tan era, was another victorious year over a gigantic challenge for the town. Equipped with copious experience acquired with her hands-on implementations of projects, small scale to large one, contributed mainly to the growth and upliftment of life of all Aritaoñeos.

The bulk of accomplishments for the year have been topped by projects in infrastructure. The administration were able to provide the Municipal Abattoir in Kirang physical improvements that it became fully fitting and hygienic for butchering and other related activities held there in. Such improvements include: construction of 30 meters x 20 meters perimeter fence to serve the entire area, replacement of old accordion door, and installation of tiles covering the washing area and stainless steel roller conveyor. With these developments, the Municipal Slaughter House can serve the growing populace more productively.

To make the Municipal Hall more conducive to the working sector and all clients, maintenance of building and its premises was given a whole- year round 100% attention. Parking shed along the Legislative Building was constructed to provide municipal and private vehicle-owners designated places to park which readily ensures their convenience and gives everyone a view of an orderly parking area. We have on-going projects such as maintenance of municipal streets and drainage system, maintenance of ecological park, maintenance of garbage compactor and crew and construction of multi-purpose shed/stage in Gasajas.

Another highlight in this aspect is the completion of 29 units Gawad Kalinga Housing Project situated at the Ari-Tau GK Village in Banganan of which 28 units were already awarded to deserving families and one unit served as GK Office. Continuing target for GK Site B shall take effect at Beti, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.

This administration caters adequately to the physical needs of all barangays. Thus, outnumbered projects achieved completion and are now being utilized by the concerned barangays such as the following

  • Completion of the Violence Against Women Center Establishment
  • Construction of Anayo, Baan and Ocao-Capiniaan Tire Paths
  • Construction of overflow drifts at Barangay Canabuan and Canarem
  • Construction of plaza stage at Tui, Bone South
  • Construction of palay shed at Bone North
  • Construction of perimeter  fence at Barangay Calitlitan market
  • Construction of slope protection at Kirang River within Barangay Cutar
  • Construction of storage room at Barangay Darapidap
  • Construction of school shed at Barangay Nagcuartelan and Baan
  • Construction of canal lining at Sta. Clara
  • Construction of Multi-purpose drying pavement at Barangay Tabueng
  • Construction of canal and concreting of Burgos Street Phase VI at Poblacion
  • Installation of streetlights along Maharlika road
  • Construction of AHS Gymnasium
  • Construction of Barangay shed at Cutar
  • Improvement of IP’s Hall
  • Maintenance and improvement of CeC
  • Rehabilitation and improvement of Latar and Balite Farm to Market Roads
  • Improvement of Municipal Health Office
  • Construction of Licensing Room at LTO
  • Construction of Working Shed, Motorpool
  • Construction of Parking Shed (Legislative Bldg.)
  • Improvement of Legislative Building by fully installed cubicles with complete furniture and fixtures
  • Improvement of Banganan, Beti, Canabuan, Tucanon and  Comon Barangay Halls
  • Construction of Punong Barangay / Secretary / Treasurer Office, Kirang
  • Yaway Health Center Rehabilitation
  • Construction of apartment type tomb at Bone North and Banganan Cemetery
  • Construction of septic tank for waste water and 37 linear meters improved drainage at the Municipal Public Market

As one of the visions of Mayor Tan to uplift the economic conditions of her constituents, the matters centered to the program that would provide food and income. This included the continuing development of agriculture through agriculture support facilities like the construction of Bone North and Bone South Palay Shed, Darapidap Storage Room, Multi-Purpose Shed and Pavement of Barangay Tabueng and Comon. Establishment of Municipal Nursery and rehabilitation of training center at LGU Demo Farm were continuously implemented. While the facilities were being improved, farmers were given enormous and educational trainings, seminars, field school and exposures. Among the alternative livelihood which was introduced to farmers are livestock production and the development of agro-industrial crops like banana, cassava and others. In addition, different cooperatives and associations were given capital for their businesses.

Technical assistance and Information Drive on crop protection and production were sufficiently conducted and provided to farmers municipal-wide. With these, the town was awarded with a prestigious award in the person of Mr. Warlito Dacumos who garnered the “Most Outstanding Farmer” award and ranked 1st in the Gawad Saka Search Rice Based in the provincial level and 2nd placer in the Regional Level. The Municipal Agriculture Office distributed 2032 certified seeds to farmer-beneficiaries which exceeded the 1158 target. Thus, the office has been noted for being the Highest Ranked Distributor in the province with 175% accomplishment.

Fish, livestock and poultry productions were also given full attention and quality assistance. These were intensified by several trainings on Tilapia and Ulang Production coupled by fingerlings dispersal and Dispersal and Re-dispersal scheme of cattle and carabao to qualified recipients.

Along with the goal of uplifting the economic condition of all constituents were the conduct of trainings on food processing and provision of support & technical assistance to all income-generating and livelihood associations by this administration through the able staff of the Municipal Agriculture Office. By these, farmers, fisherfolks, housewives and the youth were given the chance and means to earn a living through application of acquired skills from trainings and hardwork primarily.

In support to the working sector, Mayor Tan with a memorandum of understanding with the Civil Service Commission strictly implemented the Citizen’s Charter or Republic Act 9285 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 through the recently launched, “Lingkod-Bayan: The Aritao Service Guide Book”.   The Citizen’s Charter promotes transparency in governments in the manner of transacting with the public by requiring each agency to simplify frontline service procedures, formulate service standards to be observed in every transaction and make known these standards to the clients.

Moreover, to warrant the giving of utmost and well rounded services to all clients without delay and gesture of idleness, the making of the Performance Management System- Office Performance Evaluation System (PMS-OPES) by each office had been undertaken. This serves as a tool to assess the volume of work rendered and to further evaluate the efficiency of each government employee regardless of rank or status. Mayor Tan repeatedly voiced her commitment to good governance and transparency; her desire to eliminate bureaucratic red tape and avert graft and corruption practices and improve the efficiency of delivery of government frontline services, which are the very sample principles of the Citizen’s Charter.

 The elderly or the senior citizens on the other hand are Mayor Tan’s major personal concern. She reached out to them and gave them whatever they need out of gratitude for the caring that they gave to the current citizen’s of Aritao. To name a few, the administration continued the issuance of ID cards to 635 qualified elderly which they used to avail discounts in fare and medicines. Moreover, regular free medical and dental check ups, livelihood projects and cash assistance were extended to sustain healthy and productive lives enabling them further to do their share in nation building. The caring mayor said, “the elderly deserve a better treatment from us since they were the one who reared us and took care of our needs in our youth” so in their twilight years “ it is but fitting for us to show our gratitude to them…”.

Giving emphasis on health as the running engine of manpower in this municipality, environmental sanitation and anti-dengue drive were conducted. Aritaoñeos were given free medicines and hygienic assistance through a whole-year-round medical-dental missions and operation kugit. Chlorination of potable water and provisions of health services were adequately provided to guarantee the safety of each household. The dedicated services and coordination of the Municipal Health Office head and staff was evident by the victory of Mrs. Lilia Acosta-Midwife III who was awarded “Most Outstanding Rural Health Midwife of Region 2” in 2009. With her is Mrs. Helen Ramirez, “Most Outstanding Barangay Health Worker in Region 2” in the Search for the Most Outstanding Barangay Frontline Workers of the Region. By dedication and hardwork, Mrs. Yunida Sabaro of Barangay Yaway was awarded Most Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar in the province.

Through the administration, the municipality ascended in the limelight after garnering the Nutrition Honor Award- the Highest National Award in Nutrition throughout the country. The Municipal Nutrition Committee (MNC) worked for the prevalence of exemplary performance by giving supplemental feedings to pre-schoolers and children in general, conducting nutri-ed classes to mothers and penetrating the nutrition programs and supplemental health services in all barangays especially to the far flung areas.

Mayor Tan is well aware that to achieve sustainable economic growth and development, government must vigorously implement programs to conserve and protect the environment. With the 4.5 hectares Municipal Forest Park planted with various fruit and forest trees truly preserve the beauty of nature for the benefits not only of the present constituents but also of the future generations. Other major environmental protection and conservation programs included the “Linis Ilog” and “Pulot Basura” along roads wasbeing implemented in partnership with the CENRO Office, NGO’s and other concerned Barangay Local Government Unit. In addition, holding true to its commitment to implement effective and participatory Clean and Green Beautification Program, the municipal government of Aritao has maintained the cleanliness of its major facilities that includes the Municipal Hall, the public Market, health centers and canals as the utility workers to be the action man. Students, facilities and residents also took active part in the clean-up drive as implementation of the RA 9003. With this, our municipality ranked No. 3 among the municipal LGU entries in the Regional Level Zero Basura Olympics Philippines Garbology Marathon Awarding last June 2009.

During this year under the Tan Administration, when the Aritao Municipal Executives’ Association (AMEXA) was first organized. This new organization renews optimism and vigor for every employee especially the heads of offices with the firm conviction that the newly created organization will strengthen oneness and camaraderie among the heads for them to work in harmony, coordination and unison and finally build a stronger pillar of development in each department of the Local Government Unit.

Moreover, during the celebration of the 1st Ammungan Festival, with an adequate financial and moral support and close supervision bestowed keenly by the Office of the Local Chief Executive, Ms. Karole Joy Serapon, bagged the crown of Ms. Nueva Vizcaya 2009 for the first time in the history of Aritao. Her winning the title “Saniata iti Tribu Biskayano” brought this humble municipality on its pedestal among all municipalities in the province.

Mayor Tan has always believed that governance is not an exclusive right but a participatory process. With her at the helm of the municipal government, we can look forward to a more fruitful partnership between government and the private sector, to bring Aritao to unprecedented highlights of progress and development.

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