LEADING a most joyous and colorful celebration of Davao Oriental's 51st founding anniversary, Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang said the province is in an upswing and called on his people to keep the momentum to propel Davao Oriental to greater heights.
The governor in his State of the Province Address (Sopa), which he delivered at the Provincial Capitol on July 1, said the province has travelled through a significant journey over the past few years.
"Taking off from the concrete foundations of effective governance already laid by the previous administration, the present leadership has set its sight in delivering the promise of a more progressive government. I declared continuity as the operative theme of my three-year term in office, in effect adopting and sustaining the implementation of key policies, priority programs, projects and thrusts of the immediate past administration because of their positive impact to the province," Dayanghirang said.
He emphasized that while some strategies were adopted, his administration will effect change in the people's perception of government and their experience of governance. This will be achieved through inclusive participation in growth and development by all stakeholders and institutionalization of proactive approach in reaching out to the isolated, marginalized, and underserved constituents.
The governor also urged the people of Davao Oriental to work in the spirit of unity and cooperation to move the province forward in pursuing common goals in progress.
Dayanghirang reported in his Sopa the comprehensive rundown listings of his administration's accomplishments for the first two years.
Among them is his flagship program Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental-Barangay Outreach Caravan, which he vows to strengthen.
The program is extending a wide array of government services to the barangays benefitting a total of 249,073 people in 72 out of the province's 183 villages since it was launched in November 2016. For 2018, the program aims to reach out to 100 more villages.
Banking on partnerships with all government agencies and offices to deliver free services to the people, particularly those in far-flung communities, the program complements and supports other peace and development programs resulting to huge impacts especially on peace and order.
Other highlights accomplishments the governor listed in his Sopa is the province's initiatives on anti-drug abuse resulting to the declaration of eight municipalities and 148 out of 183 barangays as drug-cleared.
He also mentioned efforts on infrastructure development, particularly the construction of eleven major road concreting projects stretching to about 50 kilometers and other high-impact infrastructure projects. Initiatives on agriculture also led the province to become this year's GawadSaka Champion.
Dayanghirang vowed to continue to pursue the Provincial Government's development agenda by keeping on advancing the slate of development programs in line with the national government.
In a speech, President Rodrigo Duterte, who was represented by his daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, described Davao Oriental as a "shining example" for its good governance practices.
"This province is a shining example for the whole of Mindanao. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the provincial government for having been awarded the Seal of Good Local Governance. This valuable recognition is a testament to your excellence in serving the people of the province," read Duterte-Carpio's speech. (PR)