DavOr Gov, Local Officials Join Region’s New Party, Hugpong ng Pagbabago

Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Officers: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio (center) chairs the new regional party HNP while Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista (2nd from left) serves as president; Davao Oriental Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang (far left) as vice president; Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario (2nd from right) as Secretary-General and Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy (far right) as treasurer.

DAVAO CITY – Davao Oriental Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang along with all eleven mayors of the province, board members, and majority of other local officials have joined the newly formed political party in the region called Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) or Alliance for Change.

During the HNP’s formal launch on Friday, February 23, at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City, Governor Dayanghirang and around 120 officials from Davao Oriental have vowed their solid support to the party as they took their oath together with hundreds of other government officials from Davao City and three other provinces in the region: Davao del Norte, Davao Occidental and Compostela Valley.

Officers of the HNP taking an oath to the new regional party.

Determined to be the new drivers for change, party members say they are throwing their solid support to the causes of the organization as they believe in its vision of aggressively pushing for a stronger Davao Region by pursuing the development agenda of the national government under President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Governor Dayanghirang said that joining the HNP party means a lot for his province as it will strengthen ties and cooperation with other local government units in the region and in turn will help facilitate the entry of more development opportunities for his province as part of this alliance.

“Today, we have just witnessed our enduring spirit and strength as public servants. Indeed it is worth pondering the official creed of our new political party that mandates us to lead the efforts that redound to the general welfare of our people in their pursuit for peace and prosperity,” he said.

“We believe that a good governance practice must be initiated by a strong political will of the leaders, like us, as we embark on programs that aim to uplift the conditions of our people by providing peace, ensuring environmental protection, promoting health and well-being, improving public welfare and enhancing public services. Let us continue to strive to be the prime movers of government programs to drive our most beloved Davao Region towards long-lasting progress it deserves,” says Governor Dayanghirang, who delivered the closing remarks during the party’s General Assembly.


Chaired by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the HNP was created to build a stronger, secured and developed Davao Region by facilitating the realization of positive change, transformation, progress and stability, thus, improving the lives of all Davaoeño.

Mayor Duterte-Carpio explained that with the strengthened cooperation between the provinces, development will spur and expand to other provinces in the region. She said spreading development outside of Davao City and into the provinces will help decongest her city and will help address the problem of illegal settlers. “Davao City is already saturated. If we will not spread the development, Davao City will be overburdened,” she said.

During the HNP’s formal launch, the party’s platform of government has been presented which include pursuing education, job generation and employment, livelihood, agriculture, healthcare, social welfare for the marginalized sectors, and housing for informal settlers, among others.

In the effort to create a unified and strengthened Davao Region, the party’s agenda also focuses on pursuing programs for the economic sector, programs for tourism development, and peace and security as well as pursuing programs for the environment and for creating a climate and disaster-resilient communities.

HNP’s next move is to file a petition at the COMELEC for the accreditation of HNP as a regional official party.

Mayor Sara chairs the new regional party while Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista serves as president; Davao Oriental Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang as vice president; Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario as Secretary-General and Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee
Tyron Uy as treasurer. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan









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