The mass oath-taking of 1,830 village leaders of Davao Oriental as new members of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago at the Davao Oriental State University in Mati, Davao Oriental on Sunday. (Lilian Mellejor/PNA)
The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) is drawing more members as Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio accepted at least 1,830 village leaders of Davao Oriental province on Sunday.
During the mass oath-taking at the Davao Oriental State University Gymnasium here, Duterte-Carpio urged them to aim for projects that will alleviate poverty and have strong impact in people’s lives.
Also present during the mass oath-taking were the Governors Nelson Dayanghirang of Davao Oriental and Tyron Uy of Compostela Valley, Senator Cynthia Villar, Representatives Corazon Malanyaon of the first district of Davao Oriental and Zahid Mangundadato of the second district of Maguindanao, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and the local officials of the province.
Duterte-Carpio, who is the founding chairperson of the HNP, said this can be done through careful planning of their programs and projects during their term. HNP was organized by the presidential daughter together with the governors of the Davao Region.
“What we want is a strong Davao region. Atong pakusgon ang atong rehiyon pinaagi sa mga proyekto nga maka alibyo sa kalisod sa atong mga constituents and strong impact in their lives (What we want is a strong region. Let us make our region strong by initiating projects that will alleviate poverty of our constituents and strong impact in their lives),” she said.
The mayor stressed the importance of good planning as the foundation of tangible development, which she said will decide whether a village official should stay in their office in the next elections.
Duterte-Carpio said HNP was created to position the Davao Region as a development hub in the country.
The mayor also said HNP will field a full regional slate in the 2019 mid-term elections.
The HNP slate was expected to battle it out with the candidates of the Alvarez Wing, an independent political bloc organized by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez outside of the ruling PDP/Laban, of which he is the secretary general.
HNP will reportedly field former Davao del Norte governor Dolfo del Rosario to challenge the reelection bid of Alvarez in the province’s First District.