DavOr Guv calls for unity, cooperation, focus

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MATI CITY, Davao Oriental, July 03 (PIA) — Unity, cooperation, focus are what Provincial Gov. Corazon Malanyaon has asked from her constituents as she moves on to the last three-year term in office as the Governor of Davao Oriental.

In her inaugural address on July 1, Malanyaon rallied for continued support from the people in Davao Oriental, from her fellow local government workers down to the barangay leaders as she looked forward for more development to perk up the economy of the province.

“Together, let us move on and move up,” she said in urging everyone to sustain the spirit of “triumphs” the province had achieved even before super Typhoon Pablo devastated the three municipalities of Boston, Cateel and Baganga.

She counted on the comprehensive rehabilitation and development framework plan called the Building Back Better Agenda, to work towards total rehabilitation of the three towns for which recovery efforts are founded on “spiritual transformation, moral recovery and value formation.”

Malanyaon took the occasion as an opportunity to lay down major accomplishment of her administration in the last six years particularly on health, agriculture, tourism development, disaster risk reduction management, peace and security and on local governance.

She also announced upcoming developments expected to re-energize the provincial economy, to answer community social needs, upgrade manpower capacities, and to improve agricultural productivity.

Aside from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PHIC) which has made health services more accessible to about 35,000 families in Davao Oriental, Malanyaon said the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will soon be establishing its Davao Oriental local branch, “bringing PCSO’s financial assistance nearer to our people.”

Malanyaon expressed optimism that the agriculture sector will regain its productivity from severe loss to super-typhoon Pablo, pinning much hope on cacao production in partnership with the Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. (CIDAMI) and Mars Chocolate.

“It is envisioned that within the next year or two, Davao Oriental will become the leading cacao producer in the country,” she said.

She also envisioned the tourism industry to create landmark development and recognition of the province, banking on the declaration of Davao Oriental as a Tourism Development Area (TDA) by virtue of Republic Act No. 10560.

The declaration augurs well with the due inscription of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary as a World Heritage Site in 2014, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Malanyaon based her pronouncement on information she gathered from the UNESCO Board meeting that she attended in Cambodia on June 21.

She revealed the information was also released by the Philippine Embassy of the Department of Foreign Affairs based in France.

In support to these major tourism development, Malanyaon has plans to enhance some local tourism sites particularly the Pusan Point in the Municipality of Caraga, the Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel and the Spanish colonial church in Caraga,

In an effort to improve more her governance, Malanyaon intends to “continually upgrade skills and build capacities to enable them to level up the quality of services and respond to the needs of our constituency.” By Jeanevive D. Abangan(PIA-XI)

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