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Friday, October 18, 2013
HE’S one of the 17th City Council members who never let a single session pass without standing at the center, actively participating and articulating his view on certain matters and issues of concern.
Danilo “Danny” Castillo Dayanghirang, 50, is described as one of the veteran politicians in Davao City, devoting almost half of his life in public service.
Dayanghirang became an OIC councilor from 1986 to 1988, then elected as city councilor from 1988 to 1998, and re-elected from 2001-2007.
The first four months in his comeback in the City Council, he said, is filled with challenges that he needs to double his efforts and knowledge in handling matters and issues.
He now holds the committees on environment and natural resources; and finance, ways and means.
It’s his first time to handle the committee on finance and, he said, and it entails him “to use his educational background effectively.”
Dayanghirang is a graduate of College of Law in University of Mindanao in 1985. He enrolled Personnel Development Management in Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 1998, took Master of Public Administration in University of the Philippines (UP) and graduated in 2004.
“My main concern is the financial resource of the city. How we allocate funds? What impact that these funds can be created to the people of Davao?” he said.
Dayanghirang manages his time effectively, seeing to it that each and every obligation such as attending to the needs of his constituents and scoring legislative responsibilities are fulfilled.
He stays in his office at the Sangguniang Panlungsod from Mondays to Wednesdays and does his field work from Thursdays to Fridays, either visiting barangays or conducting ocular inspection on complaints relative to committee on environment.
Dayanghirang, a native of Manay, Davao Oriental, is married to Dra. Christine del Monte Dayanghirang, a surgeon. They are blessed with three children -- Alexa Danielle, 22, Danilo II, 19 and Miguel, 7.
Dayanghirang grew up in a family of politicians. He shared that at least seven members of the Dayanghirang clan sought for an elective post during the May midterm election, only one lost.
“I doubt it’s called as political dynasty because, in the first place, what’s important is that we effectively serve the people,” he said.
“I’m just here to assist the mayor as a matter of policy direction. Whatever his policies are, I am just here to compliment,” Dayanghirang said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 19, 2013.