Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan called on local government officials and personnel to support Kalinga Congressman Allen Jesse Mangaoang, who has been appointed as legislative caretaker of Mountain Province to replace the late congressman Maximo Dalog.

“Let me emphasize the full support and cooperation of the local officials and the people to our caretaker congressman,” Lacwasan said after the flag-raising program to welcome Mangaoang.

Mangaoang, whose mother is from Sagada, thanked the people of Mountain Province for the trust and confidence given to him as the legislative caretaker.

He emphasized three points, namely: continue the legislative agenda, plans, programs, and projects such as the medical assistance, educational assistance, and infrastructure programs for the development of the province; work closely with local officials and agency heads for fundings to reach the grassroots in every barangays and municipalities; and call upon all officials and people to unite and continue sharing the vision of a "Gawis ay Mountain Province" as envisioned by Dalog.

“I urge all of you to forget about political aspirations and differences for the moment in favor of our province. Let us prioritize development rather than disunity. Let us accord each other the needed support rather than introducing hindrance among our fellows. Let us choose peace and reconciliation rather than hatred. Let us all work hand in hand for a gawis ay mountain province,” he said.

Mangaoang said Dalog was his seatmate and mentor at the House of Representatives.

In attendance during the program were eight mayors of the province. Two other mayors were represented by their respective vice mayors. (PR)