A. Castañeda adopts Seal, sets its guidelines
The Municipal Government of Alfonso Castañeda (MGAC) has finally adopted through an Ordinance the Municipal Seal that it has been using since its creation on September 15, 1992 by a team then led by Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator George J. Dela Cruz.
MPDC Dela Cruz said that the covering Ordinance was passed by the local legislative body headed by Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer Evelinda DP. Huerta on December 27, 2021, and approved by Mayor Wilson M. Capia-Ao on February 14, 2022.
He added that he was prompted to follow it up with the MGAC upon learning about the Nueva Vizcaya Historiography Project of the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya (PGNV) headed by Governor Carlos M. Padilla, through the Office of Provincial Administrator (OPA) Maybelle Dumlao Sevillena and the Public Affairs and Information Assistance Division (PAIAD).
The Ordinance stresses that the Seal shall be for official use only, that is, it shall only appear on official documents of the MGAC and in all other permissible circumstances.
Specifically, the Ordinance states that it shall be unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, to print the MGAC’s Seal for purpose of sale, distribution or circulation, or to manufacture, publish, use, display or offer for sale any document, merchandise or item which simulates the official Seal of the MGAC without the written consent of the local chief executive.
It further provides that any violation of the legislative measure shall be punishable by imprisonment of not more than thirty (30) days, or a fine of not more than P2,500.00, or both, subject to the discretion of the court.
Following are the symbols and representations on the MGAC Seal:
- Palay – It symbolizes the staple food within the municipality.
- Two Mountains – They depict the Caraballo and Sierra Madre ranges where bountiful forest products are abundant, and which also serve as habitat of wild deer and pigs and other wild animals that abound therein. It mountains also symbolize the protection and cover from strong typhoons coming from the Pacific Ocean.
- Rice Fields – They represent the areas of Barangays Abuyo, Galintuja, Lublub and Lipuga where the three major crops, palay, onion and vegetables, are planted as the main source of income among residents.
- Water – It represents the Canili Reservoir located in Barangays Lublub and Calintuja which also serves as fishing area for the residents.
- Logs – They represent the abundant lumber commonly used by the residents in building their houses way back during the ancient times.
- Tree – It symbolizes the national Narra tree that abounds in Barangay Cawayan.
- Deer and Wild Pig – They represent two of the sources of primordial subsistence of upland Barangays Lipuga, Pelaway and Cawayan.
- Yellow Background Color – It symbolizes the residents’ hope, optimism, creativity, and positivity.
- Maroon Color – It represents the name of the municipality and symbolizes love, strength, ambition, courage, warmth, and beauty.