In celebration of the 24th Anniversary of the Local Government Code, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region III spearheaded an activity dubbed as "Tagisan ng Talino: The Local Governance Challenge". It was held on October 15, 2015 at the Royal Golftel, Angeles City and participated by barangay officials and functionaries in the Provinces and Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs) in R-3.
The contest has four categories namely: Impromptu Speech, Essay Writing, Poster Making and Quiz Bee. The contestants showcased their knowledge on the Local Government Code and pertinent laws and issuances on barangay governance.
Punong Barangay (PB) Marilyn Q. Dizon, PB Jimmy S. Dimatulak, and PB Clodualdo B. Gamboa from the Province of Tarlac earned the title of the Regional Quiz Bee Champion; followed by Kagawads Justchel C. Daduya, Michael A. Alop, and Gracia Osio-Oraa from Olongapo City; and ranking third are PB Cezar L. Mendoza, Ms. Nora S. Santos, and Ms. Maricar L. Padre from the Province of Bulacan.
1st Place in the Impromptu Speech was bagged by Kagawad Michael D. Fanugao from Olongapo City; followed by Mr. Ronilio L Candelaria from the Province of Pampanga ranking 2nd; and Kagawad Jonnie A. Factoran from the Province of Bataan ranking 3rd.
The title for the Essay Writing contest was earned by Ms. Jeanne May Diaz from the Province of Zambales; PB Danilo P. Ariem from the Province of Nueva Ecija ranked 2nd; and PB Florencio C. Mamucud from the Province of Tarlac ranked 3rd.
Mr. Herminigildo A. Sonajo from the Province of Bulacan bagged the title for the Poster Making contest; followed by Ms. Brenda L. Nunag from Angeles City; and PB Juanito P. Carlos from the Province of Pampanga ranked 3rd.
In her message, DILG R-3 Director Florida Dijan thanked all contestants and guests for joining the event and highlighted the theme "Matapat at Responsableng Pamamahala, Sa Barangay ang Simula". Kami po sa DILG ay inyong katuwang upang matiyak na ang bawat opisyales ng barangay ay makapaglingkod ng matapat at responsable sa kanilang nasasakupan", the RD said.
1st Prize Winners in the Poster-Making, Essay-Writing and Impromptu Speech received P7,000; 2nd Prize Winners P5,000; and 3rd Prize Winners P3,000. For the Quiz Bee 1st Prize Winners got 15,000; 2nd prize winners P9,000 and 3rd prize winners P6,000. Certificates of Recognition were also awarded to winners while all contestants were given Certificates of Participation.
The DILG invited judges from the Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency and CLTV 36.