Barangay Officials to Heed to the Call for an Insurgency Free Davao Oriental

City of Mati – Heeding to the call to a more unified, progressive, and competitive Davao Region, the officials of the 183 barangays of Davao Oriental took their oath as officials members of Hugpong ng Pagbabago on an equally momentous celebration of the 51st founding anniversary of the province on July 1, 2018.

the officials of the 183 barangays of Davao Oriental took their oath as officials members of Hugpong ng Pagbabago

the officials of the 183 barangays of Davao Oriental took their oath as officials members of Hugpong ng Pagbabago

Hugpong ng Pagbabago  foundress Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio accepted their oath and welcomed them to the party.

Duterte-Carpio emphasized two important  points and reminders to the audience who was awed with their inducting officer.

“You have to plan and prepare well. Since day one , you have to plan for the first year, second year, down to your third and last term in office. The Local Government Units are now in the budgeting process,  so you have to also plan for your projects, and on the proper use of your  finances. Since the barangays have different situations and are facing different challenges, the plans must be in conformity to your respective situations,” she said.  

As such, the Mayor added that their performance will speak for themselves in the next election, and campaigning will no longer be a problem.

Hugpong ng Pagbabago foundress Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

Hugpong ng Pagbabago foundress Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang also challenged the barangay officials to do what are expected from them, and even exceed expectations.  

“We are elected officials, so we must  therefore abide. We have to set our direction and converge all our efforts. We all know that the barangay is the foundation of governance, and so whatever is happening to the barangay is reflective of what is happening to the country as a whole,”  explained.

Since day one also in office, the Governor has reiterated his support to the barangays. Evident to this ardent desire is his centerpiece program, the Nagkakaisang Lingkod Bayan ng   Davao Oriental where services are delivered from the different department and agencies are delivered even to the far flung barangays.

Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang

Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang

The most important part of the oath taking program is when the barangays officials, in unison, shouted a resounding “yes” to the question of Brig. Gen. Reuben Basiao, commanding officer of the 701st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army.

The Commanding officer of the Brigade asked if an insurgency free Davao Oriental; is attainable within the year.

Basiao repeated the question twice, and as expected, got the same answer.  

The Commanding Officer reiterated that all the stakeholders must work on it now, and strengthen the efforts. 

“We have to do this now, and your role is very vital because whatever happens, the barangays are the first to be affected. The barangys should set a vivid example of how a government should serve  its people,” he added.

Brig. Gen. Reuben Basiao, commanding officer of the 701st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army.

Brig. Gen. Reuben Basiao, commanding officer of the 701st Infantry Brigade of the Phil. Army.

The provincial government of Davao Oriental has an existing  200 thousand annual assistance to each barangay.

The oathtaking was also witnessed by Compostela Valley Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, Gov. Zajid Mangugudatu, and Sen. Cynthia Villar, Davao Oriental Vice-Governor Nino Sotero Uy, and DILG Davao s Or Prov’l Director Yvette Tolentino-Sunga.

, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos,

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos

It was held at Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) Gymnasium.

Duterte Carpio rode a motorcycle all the way from Davao City but did not look tired, guts she got from his father, President Rodrigo Duterte whom

represented in the celebration of the 51st Araw ng Davao Oriental. By Neela Duallo/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

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