Bukidnon governor invites Binay, Roxas

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Sunday, August 31, 2014


MALAYBALAY CITY – Vice President Jejomar Binay will be the guest of honor Monday as Bukidnon celebrates the centenary of its foundation as a province.

Binay has confirmed his attendance, provincial administrator lawyer Nestor Cajes said.

He added the office of President Benigno Aquino III, who was the first choice, had sent word he will not be able to attend because of prior scheduled trips abroad.

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Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. had earlier said he wanted Aquino to be the guest of honor but is willing to invite the vice president if the former declines.

On August 31 (Sunday), the eve of the celebration, the Provincial Government will host Local Governments Secretary Manuel Roxas III.

Roxas and Binay ran for vice president in the 2010 elections. Roxas, Aquino’s running mate, lost to Binay.

Both are expected to run for President in 2016.

This is Binay's second time to be the guest of honor in Bukidnon's foundation day. The first was in 2012.

Cajes said former Bukidnon representative and now Senator Teofisto Guingona III was also expected to visit on Sunday, the final stretch of the two-day street dancing competition.

Hansel Echavez, head of the Capitol's public affairs and information office, said Governor Zubiri invited Roxas and Guingona after they greeted him on his birthday earlier this month.

In a press release Friday, the office of Secretary Roxas said his visit is "for the Kaamulan Festival and Bukidnon Centenary as Guest of Honor."

Roxas is also scheduled to attend the launching of the "Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP)" at the 403rd infantry brigade after the second batch of presentations of Kaamulan 2014 street dancing competition.

Roxas' staff said that CLIP is part of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamamayan (PAMANA) capacity-building project of the DILG, which was originally under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The project was transferred to the DILG as the implementer of the government's community level integration program through the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2014-01.

Roxas, the press release said, will "facilitate" the turnover of P65,000 livelihood assistance to each of 66 rebel returnees and their families or a total of P4.29 million.

The whole month of August, including the two-day street dancing presentations, is the run up to the centennial celebration of Bukidnon.

In previous years, the street dancing competition pits only seven to eight contingents from the province's towns and cities.

For the centennial, all 20 towns and two cities compete in the two days with 11 performers each day.

The street dancing performances showcased folktales and myths of Bukidnon’s seven tribes. The floats and costumes also feature the rich tradition and bounty of the province. (WIB|Mindanews)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 01, 2014.

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