Davao del Norte – In a no-nonsense speech, Governor Anthony del Rosario waved the banner of change, as he presented his accomplishments in a shorter but substantive state of the province address, dubbed as “Ulat para sa mga Dabaonon.”
The governor heralded the gains of his administration in improving the lot of his people and attaining inclusive development.
He said the new and existing systems and projects being implemented and strengthened are geared towards serving the best interest of the Dabaonons.
The accomplishments, which were anchored on his ten-point development agenda known as BEST PEOPLE, are reflected in the numerous recognitions received by the province last year.
These include, among others, the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG); Galing Pook Award as one of the Top 10 Most Outstanding programs of the country via the Community Based Road Maintenance Contracting (CBRMC) program; National Best Tourism-Oriented LGU Award, Provincial Category; the Davao del Norte Credit Surety Fund adjudged as Outstanding CSF in the Philippines besting forty seven (47) other established CSFs in the country; and Most Competitive Province in the Davao Region and the 7th place among 81 provinces in the country given by the National Competitiveness Council.
Del Rosario stressed the Province continues to endeavor meeting the physical requirements in a manner that balances between progress and the preservation of the natural resources.
Among the future directions outlined by the governor include enrolling all the farmlands in Davao del Norte in the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC); providing financial assistance to students enrolled in private schools; increasing the frequency of the weeklong Festival of Services into two to three times in a month in the LGUs to reach more Dabaonons; and, providing more monetary incentives for the best-performing employees over and above the regular bonuses.
The governor also called for the end to media killings in the province, as he lamented the violent death recently of his friend publisher Dennis Denura in Panabo City.
He encouraged the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Media Affairs, headed by Board Member Rodney Del Rosario, to draft the Davao Del Norte Media Safety and Welfare Council to address attacks on the local press people.
After his address, the governor led the opening of the weeklong Kadagayaan Festival 2018 before proceeding to launch the BIMP-EAGA Expo at the DavNor Pavilion.
The festivity is firmly supported by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO), Ulticon Builders, Inc. and MED 9, as the official anniversary partners.
Sponsors of the milestone of the province include the Hijo Resources Corporation, Davao Metro Shuttle, Kapalong Cooperative, Tagum Cooperative, Inc., LYR Group of Companies, Land Bank of the Philippines and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.