Michelle Trapalgar, President of New Carinay Homeowners Association, Inc. (NCHAI) receives the plaque of recognition on Gawad CSO Kaagapay, with Senator Win Gatchalian, Mayor Joven Mendoza, Vice Mayor Zenaida Veranga and Municipal Councilors.
The New Carinay Homeowners Association, Inc. (NCHAI) and Heavenly Touch Therapeutic Massage Association (HTTMA) have been recognized by the Local Government Uni (LGU) t of Atimonan during the 3rd Civil Society Organization (CSO) General Assembly last October 4 at Bulwagang Balagtas Sports Complex, Zone I in Atimonan.
The organizations — formed by Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) – received plaques of recognition as Gawad CSO Kaagapay for their active and meaningful participation in various local programs and projects of the government.
The Gawad CSO Kaagapay is given to groups who are one with the local government in pushing for the achievement of the common development agenda of the municipality, which is focused on transforming Atimonan into the agro-industrial center of Quezon Province.
HTTMA is the first group of professionally-trained massage therapists in Atimonan; while NCHAI is the group of A1E’s housing project beneficiaries. Both are based in Barangay Villa Ibaba, where company’s the power plant will be constructed.
The organizations join 45 other CSOs that were recognized by the government.
Almost 700 members from various CSO groups participated in this gathering, where Senator Sherwin Gatchalian served as the keynote speaker.
Senator Gatchalian recognized that in building the long-term foundation of good governance, it is important to strengthen collaborative relationships between the government and the society.
In line with his advocacy of improving the quality of education in the country, the lawmaker filed three education-related bills seeking to uplift the lives of both teachers and students.
For his part, Municipal Mayor Rustico Joven Mendoza recognized the CSOs’ important role in directly representing the different sectors in the municipal planning.
“More civil society organizations are expected to get involved in participatory governance in the municipality,” he said.
A1E is the biggest partner of the LGU in implementing social development programs aimed at creating a self-reliant community through projects focusing on livelihood, education, health and sanitation, safety and disaster risk reduction and environment stewardship.
A1E is building a 1,200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Atimonan, the first power station in the Philippines to utilize highly efficient, low emission (HELE) technology known as ultra-supercritical (USC).