Mayor Enrico Roque and Vice Mayor Lui Sebastian along with other municipal officials and Barangay Mapulang Lupa leaders who bagged the Best Karosa Award during the town’s 76th Foundation Anniversary on Tuesday. Photo by Anton Luis Reyes Catindig

PANDI, Bulacan–Now a COVID-19 free municipality, officials and residents on Tuesday marked the town’s 76th founding anniversary through “Parada ng Karosa” festival competition which features Pandi’s distinct pride. 

Mayor Enrico Roque, branded as the “Hari ng Ayuda” for thirteen times distributing quality and nutritious relief packs and support food to his 155,000 constituents during the two years pandemic said the town is now free from COVID-19 and the people can now gather and celebrate feasts and other events. 

“We are now free from COVID-19 pandemic. We are now ready against the pandemic and ready for face to face gathering. We are a free town, united and caring for each other,” he said on his speech. 

Maricel Atal, municipal health officer said Pandi has been COVID-free with zero case since March and already attained almost full vaccination of its 155,000 residents.

As of April 13, Atal said, Pandi has already vaccinated 70% of its 5-11 years old; 121% of its 12-17 years old; 103 % of its 18-59 years old and 92% for all its senior citizens. 

Known as maker of Filipino native costume barong at saya worn by government leaders, celebrities, businessmen and even ordinary people, young man and women display the town’s festivity collections in their karosa.

Fifteen out of 22 barangays participated in the float competition. 

Other barangays feature resort and summer costume which signifies the town of Pandi being known as the resort capital of Bulacan. 
The agricultural sector being known for its hogs and poultry industry including rice and vegetable production was also highlighted.

Barangay Mapulang Lupa bagged the first place award and took home P500,000 worth of project and P100,000 cash; Barangay  Malibung Matanda as second prize with P300,000 worth of project and P50,000 cash and Barangay Siling Bata as third prize with P200,000 worth of project and P30,000 cash.

Pandi, a former barangay in adjacent Balagtas (Bigaa) town became a separate town in 1946.