Celebrating Feats on Peace, Governance through Joyous Celebration

DAVAO ORIENTAL – As the end of the year draws near, Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang took time in thanking the Provincial Capitol workforce whom he says are behind the Provincial Government’s remarkable achievements.

During the Provincial Capitol’s “Denim Christmas Party” held on Friday, December 15, at the Capitol Covered Court, Governor Dayanghirang expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the employees of the Provincial Government for making Davao Oriental a “standout province” this year as it has been the only province in Davao Region awarded with the prestigious Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), making Davao Oriental a model of excellence in governance.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang delivers his Christmas message

“The province would not have achieved this feat if not for the hardworking employees and excellent department heads together with our ever-supportive partner agencies,” said Governor Dayanghirang, noting that the occasion has become extra special with the company of everyone basking on this feat together in the midst of a joyous occasion of celebrating the Holiday Season.

As a way of thanking the Capitol workforce and rewarding their sacrifices and hard work, Governor Dayanghirang announced the workers’ bonuses which were kept under wrap until the awaited reveal at the party. The regular employees including department heads and rank and file, co-terminus, and casual employees will receive P25,000. Job orders, on the other hand, will receive P2,000 plus additional P1,000 for each month they have served within the year. Meanwhile, while for those who have just started their service in the month of November to December will receive P2,000. “This means that a job order who has served from January to December will receive a total of P14,000 while those who started mid-year, say the month of June will receive a total of P9,000, and so on and so forth,” said Local Finance Committee Head and Provincial Accountant Emelia Barrera.


During the occasion, the Governor listed the many other reasons the province is ought to be thankful for, especially on the province’s milestones in terms of peace and development.

EastMinCom Commander Lt. General Madrigal, who was Guest of Honor at the Capitol Christmas Party

He cited the successes achieved by the Provincial Government’s partners in the Armed Forces of the Philippines who have made a great difference in Davao Oriental’s peace situation. He extended his congratulations to the Philippine Army’s 701st Brigade Commander Brigadier General Reuben Basiao on his well-deserved promotion.

He also cited two of the present highest AFP commanders: AFP Chief of Staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero and Eastern Mindanao Commander Lt. General Benjamin Madrigal, Jr., who both served as commander of the 701st Brigade between 2011 and 2014. Gov. Dayanghirang said he is inspired and happy with the successes achieved by these AFP officials who greatly contributed to Davao Oriental’s transformative change, especially in terms of peace and development.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang presents a plaque of appreciation to EastMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. who guest of honor at the Capitol Denim Christmas Party on Dec. 15.

Lt. General Madrigal, who was Guest of Honor at the Capitol Christmas Party, congratulated Davao Oriental for its “marvelous” achievements. Sharing his experiences while he was still the brigade commander way back in 2014, Madrigal said he is proud to have been a part of the province’s impressive transformation. “I was so lucky that I have been assigned to a place where everybody is a team player. We in the AFP are indeed very lucky that our local government here is very supportive in the peace and development efforts,” said Madrigal.

“It is in Davao Oriental where the 701st Brigade unit has been well-known – not because of the combat operations but in its collaboration and strong synergy with the Provincial Government in building communities as well as in helping in creating economic activities in the countryside,” he said.   

He also cited Davao Oriental for being the most benchmarked province for its strategies and best practices on peace and development that has inspired many other local government units. Among these best practices that have gained national recognition is the implementation of the Happy Home—a halfway house for former rebels and the newly Provincial Government-initiated program Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan.

The Philippine Army’s Oversight Advisory Committee for the Peace and Development Outreach Program, which was piloted here during Madrigal’s time as brigade commander, is also now being adopted in other provinces in the country.


Meanwhile, the Capitol employees partied all-night-long during the Christmas celebration sporting their denim-themed garbs and outfits. Sumptuous food, amazing performances, music and dance also served as a treat to the employees and guests.

Aside from the bonuses, goodies were also distributed to the employees. A total of 1,800 pieces of minor and major prizes worth P200,000 were also given away. Major prizes include a refrigerator, air-conditioner, a mobile phone, laptop, and a 50-inch LED television.

Governor Dayanghirang said he purposely prepared plenty of give-away items this year. “Although we have prepared small prizes this year, we have seen to it that everyone will be able to bring something home,” he said. “Aside from the prizes and bonuses, what makes our simple celebration more meaningful is spending time in each other’s company,” he added. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan


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