LANDSLIDE WIN FOR DAYANGHIRANG, MALANYAON

The Commission on Elections officially proclaimed the winning elected officials for the Provincial Government posts in the Province of Davao Oriental. Among those proclaimed are Cong. Nelson Dayanghirang who won the gubernatorial race, Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon who won the congressional race at the first district of the province and Provincial Board Member Niño Uy who was elected vice governor.

The Commission on Elections officially proclaimed the winning elected officials for the Provincial Government posts in the Province of Davao Oriental. Among those proclaimed are Cong. Nelson Dayanghirang who won the gubernatorial race, Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon who won the congressional race at the first district of the province and Provincial Board Member Niño Uy who was elected vice governor.

First District Rep. Nelson Boy Dayanghirang is Davao Oriental’s new governor, leading his local political party, Kusog Davao Oriental, to a historic victory in the just concluded 2016 polls in the province.

Dubbed as a “listening, genuinely consultative leader,” Dayanghirang trounced his sole rival in the gubernatorial race, Second District Rep. Thelma Almario, with a huge lead of 36,352 votes. Dayanghirang got 139,445 votes over Almario’s 103,093 votes.

Almost all of the official candidates of the local political party, Kusog Davao Oriental, which Dayanghirang heads have also won in the election. His team mate, provincial board member Niño Sotero Uy was elected vice governor. Outgoing Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon is also a big winner in the congressional race at the first district of the province garnering 59,423 votes. Incumbent Vice Governor Joel Mayo Almario won the congressional race in the second district, receiving 89,301 votes.

Outgoing Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon is also a big winner in the congressional race at the first district of the province garnering 59,423 votes

Outgoing Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon is also a big winner in the congressional race at the first district of the province garnering 59,423 votes

In the provincial capital City of Mati, Dayanghirang’s party mate, reelectionist Mayor Carlo Rabat defeated her cousin Michelle Rabat, who is a former mayor. Carlo got 36,919 votes over Michelle’s 21,867 votes. It was a landslide victory as all of the official mayoralty candidates of Kusog Davao Oriental in ten municipalities have also won the race.

“Thank you, thank you,” says the newly elected Governor Nelson Boy Dayanghirang as he faced his cheering supporters who attended the COMELEC’s proclamation of winning candidates Thursday, May 12, at the jam-packed Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall.

Backed by the incumbent Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon and all of the province’s eleven mayors, Dayanghirang says that “What we need are leaders who are unifiers, who can bring all the sectors of our society together by focusing on those things that unite us rather than on issues that divide us. What we need is unity and collaboration toward a common purpose.”

Dayanghirang says “A public office is a public trust. A public office is not a vehicle for personal aggrandizement nor is it a license for abuse.” He adds that his governance principles will show how public power is to be wielded. “We should always remember that we are given the opportunity to lead, not because of ourselves, but because people hope that we will be in the service of others.”

“There is no stronger than the call to serve. And I believe that people start to heal the moment they feel heard,” says Dayanghirang. He says he will always “work very hard” to prove himself worthy of the position by institutionalizing good governance especially the legacy projects of Governor Malanyaon. “Davao Oriental never saw a more hard-working governor that is why Governor Malanyaon, my strong ally, has become an outstanding and unbeatable governor. I strongly believe that effective management of the provincial government is compatible with yielding power to the people by actively involving my constituents to the affairs of the local government. I walk the talk and I will ensure that the provincial government is transparent in its activities and accountable to the people,” says Dayanghirang.

First District Rep. Nelson Boy Dayanghirang, who won the gubernatorial race in the just concluded 2016 polls in the province, says he will strengthen and continue the legacy projects of his predecessor--Gov. Malanyaon.

First District Rep. Nelson Boy Dayanghirang, who won the gubernatorial race in the just concluded 2016 polls in the province, says he will strengthen and continue the legacy projects of his predecessor–Gov. Malanyaon.

For her part, outgoing Governor Malanyaon described Dayanghirang as a “listening, genuinely consultative leader. He is competent, humble, honest, quiet and a decent man who let his many achievements speak for themselves.”

Dayanghirang would prioritize health, saying that productivity and economic success cannot be achieved if the government does not take care of the health of its people. “We will continue and expand the Health for All programs and projects and give priority to the development of basic health infrastructure at the community level. We will ensure access to safe, clean water and provide ready, efficient and free health services even to the farthest sitios. We will strengthen our government health units to be able to provide professional medical assistance without delay. We will work at bringing mortality and morbidity rate of our province at a record low. We will make this province a livable, sustainable place for all. A place where the air we breath, the water we drink, and the food we eat will not do us harm. A place where the environment nurtures and nourishes its people, and where the people protects and preserves the environment. We will continue to enforce environmental laws and policies and strengthen environmental protection mechanisms. We will implement a bold plan where watershed development, coastal resource management and urban environment management are harmonized into an integrated development plan. And we will strive to sustain our natural resources by utilizing renewable and indigenous energy sources. We will show to the world how to accomplish genuine progress without destroying the earth that sustains us,” says Dayanghirang.

Governor Malanyaon (4th from left) together with the newly elected board members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Governor Malanyaon (4th from left) together with the newly elected and re-elected board members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

SAFE AND SECURE PROVINCE

Dayanghirang says the province can only thrive if there is peace and the people feel safe and secure at any time anywhere. Hence, the safety and security of the people will be his major agenda. “We will strengthen our peace and order mechanisms and provide ample support to our police and auxillary units. We will strive to bring down criminality rate through proactive means and ensure that our law enforcers can strike fear to those who want to disturb peace and order in our province. We will secure the people by ensuring that security mechanisms are well in place at the community level and that these mechanisms are strong enough to prevent violence, criminality and abuse of the law. We will protect the people both from natural and man-made disasters. By ensuring that our Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan is put into action, we will be able to save many lives from disasters. Equally important is our readiness for post-disaster response and we will proactively equip our resource personnel to respond efficiently and swiftly in times of disaster.

FOOD ON EVERY TABLE

Dayanghirang says his agricultural agenda is to provide food on every table. He vows to continue the successful projects of Gov. Malanyaon like the development of horticulture, livestock and poultry, rice sufficiency program, upland farming, corn intensification program and goat enterprise development program. He will also give priority to the development of major infrastructure to meet the requirements for business, including power generation, transportation and ICT. He will also continue the successful tourism program of Gov. Malanyaon and vows to improve even more the tourism infrastructure and the nurturing of tourist areas. He will also push for airport development, commercial and fishing ports development, irrigation systems development and building of new roads and bridges. By Ferdinand Zuasola

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