In celebration of the 399th Foundation Day of the Municipality of Los Baños, the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) joined the 140 delegates in the civic parade held on Sept. 17, 2014. The delegates came from government offices, NGOs and private individuals.

 

With the theme, "Bayan Ko, Ikinararangal ko, Pagpupugay sa Ambag ng Los Baños sa Mundo", the parade started from the Olivarez Plaza up to the General Paciano Park Compound, old Municipal Covered Court, Los Baños, Laguna.

Los Baños Mayor Caesar P. Perez welcomed the participants. He mentioned that each of us has his/her own role to play in maintaining cleanliness and peace and order in the town of Los Baños.

Ms. Georgia Lovell, Chair, Direct Aid and Program Committee of the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines delivered the inspirational message. She congratulated the people of Los Baños on their anniversary. She said, "Australia and the Philippines enjoy the warm friendship and we are here to help the Philippines in times of need". She further said the Australian government has allotted $ 170 M dollars as a donation to the Philippines.

Loyalty awards were given to municipal employees who have served the Los Baños Municipal government for 10, 20, 30, 35 and 40 years. Likewise, Mayor Caesar Perez was given a loyalty award for his 25 years of leadership to the Municipality of Los Baños.

Cong. Joaquin Chipeco, Jr. mentioned his proposed bill to turn Los Baños into a city. He said Los Baños has 150,000 inhabitants while the only requirement to become a city is only 100,000. He also added that the income of Los Baños is P 200 M while the requirement for the conversion into a city is P 250 M.

The occasion also served as a venue for the turning over of the check from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process. The initial check amounted to P1,568,000 for the livelihood activities of Los Baños.

One of the guest speakers during the occasion was Laguna Gov. Ramil Hernandez. In his speech, he said he supports the initiative to convert Los Baños into a city although this will be a great loss to the province of Laguna.

Gov. Hernandez announced his accomplishments during his 100th day of serving the province of Laguna. He mentioned his proposal to have an extension office in Calamba for the tourism and provincial disaster preparedness departments.

The other accomplishments which he mentioned were the shortened period for claiming medical assistance from 3-6 months to 10 days, increase of 6.67% for basic and social services, proposal for the Coastal road project from Taguig to Bay, Laguna (to start on the 1st week of August 2014), quick processing of papers for the purchase of medicine, additional benefits for the orange card, and the increase in the number of scholars from 6,000 to 10,000 students.

For the 9 provincial hospitals, he likewise assured the public on his plan to digitally connect these hospitals for easy access of information (e. g. availability of vacant rooms etc.).

Finally, he mentioned that he already ordered the release of allowance for the Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), Bantay Lawa and a total of P5M anniversary bonus of the employees of the Laguna Provincial Capitol.

Song and dance numbers were rendered by the Los Baños Community National High School student, Faculty of Christian School International and the Los Baños National High School. Marla V. Cambay TDD