Bauko, Mt. Province adopts Binay

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Sunday, March 16, 2014


BAUKO, Mt. Province – Vice President Jejomar Binay was given by the municipal council here the Igorot name “Masligan,” a name which means a "hardworking community leader amidst controversies" and a man who is caring and serves kinsmen with joy regardless of their life condition.

Bauko Mayor Abraham Akilit led the municipality in giving Binay a warm welcome to the annual “Begnas ed Bauko" after he donated wheelchairs and medical equipment for the elderly in the nearby town of Tadian.

Binay was accompanied by Mt. Province Governor Leonard Mayaen and Representative Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, who was invited to forge sisterhood ties with Bauko.

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Cultural presentations of the Cordilleras were also shown before Akilit presented Binay with tokens, consisting of an Igorot spear, a bahag (g-string) and bedbed (headwear) while the resolution was being read to the public.

Binay thanked the community and the LGU of Bauko for adopting him as a son. “Good leadership in the LGU is a way towards progress to becoming a first world nation,” Binay said.

Binay also stressed the need to have united LGU to achieve progress. Present during the municipal festival were Representative Nicasio Aliping of Baguio City, Mayors Clark Ngaya of Barlig and Mayor Edna Tabanda of La Trinidad and Governor Mayaen.

Congressman Max Dalog was unable to attend the event and also Kalinga City Mayor Ferdinand Tubban who instead sent delegates to the occasion.

Binay, during an interview, remained coy on his presidential bid in 2016.

“I am just thankful to the President that he has given me the responsibility to chair the National Housing Authority as well as the National Senior Citizens Welfare,” he said, adding his purpose of visiting different provinces in the Cordillera is to check on programs and see what help may be extended to the region.

Binay was scheduled to leave for Sabangan on the same day.

However, as Binay left for Banaue for another scheduled turn-over of medical equipment and to inaugurate a Senior Citizen’s building, the Vice President's escort vehicle fell of the highway hurting four of its passengers.

The injured were brought to the Good News Clinic and Hospital while photographer Roman Capita was scheduled to be brought to Manila for shoulder injury treatment.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 17, 2014.

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