It was an afternoon celebration of culture, solidarity, and heartfelt service during the Binnadang para sa Resbakuna: Recognizing and Celebrating the Cordilleran Spirit of Solidarity for COVID-19 Vaccination, an activity that sought to honor and appreciate the efforts of everyone who has been involved in the rollout of the Resbakuna program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, held at the Baguio City Convention Center last June 23, 2022.

DOH-CHD-CAR Regional Director Rio Magpantay and Assistant Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan awarded plaques of recognition to the local chief executives, directors, head officers, and other representatives of six provinces and one chartered city within CAR, along with the regional offices of the different line agencies, private sector stakeholders, and DOH hospitals that have helped contribute to the high regional vaccination accomplishment.

Guest of honor and National Vaccination Operations Center chief, DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje joined both directors later on to award trophies and cash incentives to the three top-performing municipalities in each of the provinces, as well as the three top-performing areas in the Cordilleras in terms of vaccination coverage rate.

The impeccably dressed participants donned their finest Filipiniana and traditional garb for the event, staying until the end to witness the ceremonial lighting of the Cordillera Solidarity Map, which featured representatives of each of the provinces and independent city in the region pledge their commitment of support to the national COVID-19 vaccination program in the vernacular to ensure that no Cordilleran will be left behind.

“We started this fight together and so we will also finish this together,” Usec Cabotaje encouraged everyone to keep the spirit of “binnadang” (Kankana-ey term for “bayanihan”) alive.

COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDEES:

Plaques of Recognition

Areas

Province of Abra

Province of Apayao

City of Baguio

Province of Benguet

Province of Ifugao

Province of Kalinga

Mountain Province

Regional Offices of Line Agencies

Office of Civil Defense – CAR

Department of the Interior and Local Government – CAR

Department of Social Welfare and Development – CAR

Department of Education – CAR

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – CAR

Police Regional Office – Cordillera

Bureau of Fire Protection – CAR

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology – CAR

Philippine Information Agency – CAR

Commission on Higher Education – CAR

Department of Labor and Employment – CAR

Civil Service Commission – CAR

Department of Tourism – CAR

Philippines Economic Zone Authority – CAR

Private Sector

Philippines Pediatric Society – North Luzon Chapter

Philippine Medical Association – Baguio-Benguet Chapter

Mercury Drug Corporation

Watsons Personal Care Store Philippines, Inc.

Other awardees that were not present during the event:

National Economic and Development Authority – CAR

Department of Trade and Industry – CAR

Department of Agriculture – CAR

Philippine Medical Association – Abra Chapter

Philippine Medical Association – Kalinga Chapter

Trophies

Top Performing Municipalities per Province

Abra:

Municipality of Danglas

Municipality of Bangued

Municipality of Malibcong

Apayao:

Municipality of Luna

Municipality of Santa Marcela

Municipality of Calanasan

Benguet:

Municipality of Tublay

Municipality of Buguias

Municipality of La Trinidad

Ifugao:

Municipality of Lagawe

Municipality of Lamut

Municipality of Kiangan

Kalinga:

Municipality of Rizal

Municipality of Balbalan

Municipality of Pinukpuk

Mountain Province:

Municipality of Bontoc

Municipality of Sagada

Municipality of Besao

Top Performing Provinces/City

City of Baguio

Province of Abra

Province of Apayao