Governor Corazon Malanyaon is strongly backing the gubernatorial bid of First District Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang for the 2016 Elections.

Governor Corazon Malanyaon is strongly backing the gubernatorial bid of First District Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang for the 2016 Elections.

Outgoing Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon is strongly backing the gubernatorial bid of First District Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang, saying the man whom he described as “hard-working, strong-willed and benevolent leader” would continue the economic growth and development of the province.

Before facing the local media, the governor and all of the province’s incumbent mayors held a caucus here in which they declared full support for the gubernatorial bid of Rep. Dayanghirang who is running under the ruling Liberal Party. The incumbent mayors from the ten municipalities and one city also disclosed that majority of barangay captains under their jurisdiction will also support Dayanghirang after the governor made a disclosure on her preferred successor.

“All of the province’s mayors including the barangay captains are one with me in pushing for the candidacy of Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang to be the province’s next governor,” says Gov. Malanyaon, who is the most awe-inspiring figure in the political history of Davao Oriental as she brought a new political order to the landscape of a sunshine province.

When Malanyaon took over as governor in 2007, Davao Oriental was a deteriorating low-class province known not only as the perennial economic laggard of the Davao Region but also as hotbed of the long-running communist insurgency. The provincial government then could not raise enough revenue to fund its services for the underprivileged. Now on her last term, Governor Malanyaon has managed to transform her province into a first-class status that is now leader of agricultural production in the country. The province has become a model of competent and participatory local governance. Under the leadership of Malanyaon, Davao Oriental achieved a remarkable record being the most awarded local government unit in the country for its best practices in local governance.

First District Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang

First District Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang

In conferring the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award to her, The Department of Interior and Local Government says: “Her (Governor Malanyaon) leadership is the kind best described by the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo as ‘mahusay at matino.’ Hindi lahat ng mahusay  ay matino at hindi lahat ng matino ay mahusay. Ang kailangan po natin ay iyong mahusay at matino.”

Running unopposed in the succeeding two elections, Malanyaon was given unprecedented faith by her constituents for her competence and integrity as the people of Davao Oriental kept voting for her entire ticket. “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,” says Malanyaon who is now running for representative of the First District here after completing her nine-year term of office.


ALL-OUT SUPPORT- Incumbent mayors of the 10 municipalities and one city of the province have strongly backed the candidacy of Governor Malanyaon’s standard bearer — Rep. Nelson L, Dayanghirang — as governor of the Province of Davao Oriental for next year’s elections.

For his part, Rep. Dayanghirang says that “with a thorough improvement in the people’s satisfaction with the local governance, residents of Davao Oriental now speaks with pride of their province. There is now a sense of ownership in what has been achieved in the province under the leadership of Governor Malanyaon, and a strong commitment to sustaining those achievements. Public expressions of gratitude for her genuine public service has confirmed Governor Malanyaon’s place in the hearts of her people.” Dayanghirang’s running mate is incumbent provincial board member Nino Sotero Uy.


Governor Malanyaon has also fielded a “former tricycle driver,” Mati City Council member Delfin Dodo Miones, to run as representative of the vote-rich Second District here. In pushing for the candidacy of Dayanghirang and Miones, Governor Malanyaon says her political team has the “most important quality to serve the people and that is the ability to work well with others, to listen to different points of view and the flexibility to accommodate the valid concerns of others.”

“Because we must always pay closer attention to the sentiments of the public. Only then can there be a genuine public service that is truly responsive to the needs of the people,” says the governor.

Among the incumbent mayors who support the gubernatorial bid of Dayanghirang are: City of Mati Mayor Carlo Rabat, Banaybanay Mayor Adalia Tambuang, Lupon Mayor Domingo Lim, Governor Generoso Mayor Vicente Orencia, San Isidro Mayor Tina Yu, Tarragona Mayor Nestor Uy, Manay Mayor Antero Dayanghirang, Caraga Mayor Alicia Mori, Baganga Mayor Arturo Monday, Cateel Mayor Camilo Nunez, and Boston Mayor Rebecco Rosit. By Ferdinand Zuasola

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