BAYANIHAN SA BARANGAY, GOING STRONG AT 26
28 JUNE 2012, BALAYONG, MALOLOS CITY—Hundreds flocked to the barangay basketball court of this bustling agrofishery community to join in what has come to be known as “the mobile City Government” of Mayor Christian D. Natividad, going strong on its 26th leg since it began in January 2011.
Literally, Mayor Natividad’s “Bayanihan sa Barangay” is building a formidable team for progress out of the city’s 51 barangays, more than half of which had already experienced the energy and excitement of interacting with the city cheif executive, other city officials, and heads of the city government, right in their own
“Bayanihan is a novel approach to bringing public service programs and issues down to the barangay level, where they are more felt and appreciated,” an elderly beneficiary of the program at Balayong noted.
Malolos’ Bayanihan sa Barangay brings to communities, financial assistance, medical and livelihood assistance, including livelihoodseminars, free medical check-up, dental services, free medicine and vaccination for cattle, and groceries for the poor.
A highlight of the Bayanihan at Balayong was the mayor’s personal visit to the sick and senior citizens of the community—a practice that had endeared the city patriarch to his constituents, and the surprise visit of his long time friend, popular actor Philip “Ipe” Salvador, who joined the Bayanihan activities.
Despite the heavy rains, Mayor Natividad was also joined by city officials led by Councilors Len Pineda and Alma Gatchalian, Barangay Chairmen, heads and employees of the city government, and support NGOs.
Next in line for the Bayanihan bandwagon is Barangay Cofradia.