BAGUIO CITY – The Regional Development Council gathered a regional assessment team on February 12, 2019, to discuss the criteria and selection process for the 2019 F.L.A.M.E. (Forwarding Local Autonomy Medal of Excellence) Awards for provincial, municipal and city local government units (LGUs) of the Cordillera region. The FLAME awardees are chosen by the RDC Regional Awards Committee chaired by NEDA-CAR with the Regional Assessment Team chaired by DILG.

The winners are selected based on previous awards received recognizing the respective LGU’s efforts towards good governance, the LGU’s support to RDC initiatives and advocacies on regional development and autonomy, and its participation in RDC-led activities.

The FLAME awards aim to give recognition to LGUs that excel in good governance efforts and dynamic participation in regional development. The previous FLAME awards were held in 2016 in three categories: (1) provincial and highly urbanized city, (2) component city and 1st to 3rd class municipalities, and (3) 4th to 6th class municipalities. In 2016, Baguio City was the champion followed by Mountain Province and Ifugao in the provincial and highly urbanized city category. La Trinidad, Benguet and Bauko, Mountain Province were the champions in their respective categories. Previous winners included the province of Benguet, the municipalities of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao, Sta. Marcela, Apayao, and Tublay, Benguet.

The awards committee will honor the new winners during the culmination event of the 2019 Cordillera Unity Gong Relay in Tabuk City on Cordillera Day, July 15, 2019.