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Davao del Norte SP goes hi-tech with paperless sessions

Board Members with the new tablet PCs during the launch of the paperless session at the 34th Regular Session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte. Noel Baguio/DavNor PIO

By Noel Baguio

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte marked two major milestones in its excellent legislative performance, with the launch of its paperless session and signing of its public safety code.
    Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario graced the SP’s 34th Regular Session of the SP on September 10, 2012, as the Provincial Board started off its electronic legislative sessions.
    The governor also signed the Public Safety and Security Code of Davao del Norte during the landmark plenary.
    He lauded the Provincial Board, under the leadership of Vice Gov. Victorio R. Suaybaguio, Jr. “for this great feat in the history of effective local legislation.”
    “This is a very good way to promote the reduction in the use of paper for no less than our local lawmakers themselves are practicing it,” he said, as he hoped the respective city, municipal and barangay councils to also follow suit.
    Del Rosario also tagged the local public safety code as a blueprint for the protection of life and property of the Dabaonons.
    According to him, the 44-page ordinance authored by Board Member Antonio Lagunzad “aimed at reaching and giving protection to every ordinary Juan in the streets of Davao del Norte.”
    With the use of 10.1” dual core ThinkPad tablets, the legislative department now does away with voluminous printed documents required during the plenary proceedings, which consume a considerable amount of time and resources to prepare.
    Suaybaguio said the SP has become more environment-friendly and cost efficient, since reproduction cost of bulky papers have been significantly cut down.

Davao Norte governor inks MOA for Pabahay sa Lumad (Indigenous Peoples housing)


By Noel Baguio

Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario led the signing of the memorandum of agreement for the housing project for members of the Langilan-Manobo tribe in Sitio Paiton, Dagohoy, Talaingod, this province.
    The governor said the Pabahay sa Lumad project will provide decent shelter to 102 Lumad families affected by the implementation of the Lake Paiton development plan.
    The project will be funded by the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in the amount of P10 million, and will be implemented by the Housing Assistance Program for Indigenous Peoples (HAPIP) of the National Housing Authority (NHA).
    Del Rosario said Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, who is also the HUDCC Chairman, is tentatively set to turn-over the check on September 14, 2012 at the project site.
    The governor assured the culture and tradition of the Langilan tribe shall be respected in the implementation of the project, which, according to him, is a big boost to his thrust of establishing a working housing program for the poor, pursuant to his development agenda P.E.O.P.L.E.
    Joining the governor during the MOA signing ceremony at the Capitol were Mayor Basilio Libayao and Datu Oscar Bog-ot, who donated the 5-hectare land from the ancestral domain for the country’s pilot tribal housing project.

New buildings to boost DavNor’s perform

By Noel Baguio

 The Davao del Norte Provincial Government inaugurated three office buildings that intend to further bolster its performance in terms of disaster preparedness, delivery of basic health services and environmental protection.
         Over P13.5 M worth of projects for three government agencies were inaugurated simultaneously on August 30, 2012 inside the Provincial Capitol Compound.
    Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario led the inauguration of the new Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Operation Center, Provincial Health Office (PHO)- Public Health Laboratory, as well as, the newly-renovated Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).
    The projects are in line with the governor’s development thrust, P.E.O.P.L.E.
         The groundbreaking for the new Provincial Blood Bank was also held besides the PHO Building.
    The governor said the projects, shall not only improve the over-all performance of the Provincial Government.
    “It will also expand the benefits that the Dabaonon people shall receive,” he pointed out.

DavNor for the poor governance

Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario greets Lumad chieftains and residents during a tribal festivity in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Noel Baguio/DavNor PIO

By Noel Baguio

Davao del Norte – Saying the Dabaonon people are worth living for, Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario is determined to continue his human development strategy until poverty is significantly reduced in the province.

The governor said the thought of giving up on the poor never crossed his mind even though he was disheartened that the poor apparently failed to fully exploit anti-poverty programs to improve their lot.

“We cannot give up, since no matter what we see around, it is our duty and responsibility to continue doing what we intend to do as public servants,” he said.

Del Rosario, who championed a no-nonsense pro-poor local governance from the start of his governorship in 1998, reviled how the culture of impecuniosity become self-perpetuating among many indigents.

He recalled the plethora of infrastructure projects and essential services that his administration has implemented, particularly starting from the minimum basic needs (MBN) program of his first term up to the comprehensive RDR WHEELS strategy he carried out during his comeback term in 2007.

He revealed about P1-billion worth of water systems, farm-to-market roads and bridges, electrification, day care centers, rural health centers, and barangay halls, among other infrastructures accomplished in his previous term, on top of the numerous projects coming from the national government and the official development assistance.

Still, to put a human face to all the physical facilities, the governor now realigned his focus on improved health, better education and livelihood opportunities, as he pursue his P.E.O.P.L.E. agenda that is also in line with the thrusts of President Aquino.

Yet, he lamented that the countless projects seemed to have failed to attain the goal of alleviating poverty because of the supposed cultural factors that contributed to the persisting indigence in the countryside.

He said many poor recipients of the government’s anti-poverty programs fail on their commitments, citing as an example the president’s flagship 4Ps program, where some beneficiaries reneged on the conditions set for them to stay in the program.

“I really do not know what we need to do. Siguro gusting-gusto natin ang poverty,” he quipped. “But, still we cannot give up on our people,” he quickly retorted, reiterating his hallowed commitment to continue uplifting the quality of life of his people.


DavNor convergence team addresses barangay concerns

Aside from bringing the services of the Capitol to identified barangays, the Davao del Norte Convergence for Peace and Development team also addressed the concerns and issues being raised by barangay officials.
At the second convergence outreach in Little Panay, Panabo City, last February 24, 2012, Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario assured to provide the necessary resources needed to fund the infrastructure projects requested by the village leaders.
The governor held the consultative forum with barangay officials, while thousands of residents availed of the medical and dental services, which now include free cancer screening, x-ray services and ECG, along with other basic services.
He assured that he will look for funds to finish the barangay covered court that was started years back, as well as, the construction of a new day care center and the riprapping of the drainage canal.
However, he said construction of new covered courts and other infrastructures that not aligned with his human-centered agenda P.E.O.P.L.E will not receive funding anymore.
He reiterated that the province this time is only funding those that are in line with his thrust on better health and education, as well as, more livelihood opportunities
But, 1003rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Lysander Suerte bared some of the projects requested by the barangay that were turned down by the governor, such as concreting of the barangay road, electrification and even the day care center, can be funded under the government’s PAMANA (PAyapa at MAsaganang PAmayanan) program.

He said that even though Little Panay no longer has insurgency problem, the barangay was still identified under the PAMANA program, which is the national government’s peace and development framework for empowering conflict-affected areas in the country.
Little Panay is the second among the 30 barangays included in the convergence program, out of 223 barangays of the province.
During this year’s first convergence program in Mabuhay, Carmen town, last February 17, 2012, the governor also assured to fund farm-to-market roads, water system, new school buildings and road opening connecting to Davao City.

BANANA REPUBLIC: Durian Post column


Has the gubernatorial battle in Davao del Norte started?


Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, said to be looking ahead for a confrontation with Governor Rodolfo del Rosario in 2013, is all over the province with his chair-giving spree to public schools.

What is Mayor Uy, whose political radar is confined in his city, doing in Talaingod  municipality? Distributing free chairs and desks to public schools manufactured out of hot logs confiscated by DENR. For what? . No politics? Nope. Corporate Social Responsibility of his beloved City of Tagum for pupils of Davao del Norte who had to squat on floors in classrooms during classes for lack of chairs. Hohum. Nice alibi.    But Mayor Uy has also been to New Corella and other municipalities under Gob Dolfo’s domain. Don’t you smell a rat? Is Mayor Uy prepping up for the grand encounter in 2013 with his visibility and philanthropic stunt?  Could be or could not be, depending on where you sit.
Gob Dolfo is on that fence where people believe that Mayor Uy is motivated by no other than his city’s CSR. Hohum again.
Noel Baguio, DavNor’s prolific writer at Gob Dolfo’s provincial information office is another non-believer in Mayor Uy’s stunt as a political move.
Gob Dolfo, Noel writes, thinks that Mayor Uy is simply doing it for goodness sake and not for politics.
Gob Dolfo, according to Noel, in fact has joined Mayor Uy in one of the chair-giving sprees. Which earned a joke from fans and handlers of Mayor Uy that Gob Dolfo wants a free ride on the project that has been giving the Tagum City mayor tremendous popularity, media mileage and goodwill from pupils, parents, teachers and others who matter during election—all over DavNor.
Of course,Gob Dolfo has his own WHEELS to drive around to catch the votes, pwera flat tire, but the innovative Uy chair-giving spree is a novel idea thar easily catches fire and fans.
Gob Dolfo is strong in DavNor’s south district, but shares influence with the Floirendos. Of course we hear about the famous del Rosario-Floirendo split that could factor in when Gob Dolfo seeks reelection. His hold over the south may turn out as a slippery pantat with the split pushing the Florendos to the other side of the political contest.
That Mayor Uy is strong in the northern district is a given. We see a split vote if the RDR-Uy clash happens in 2013. But the equation could change if Uy, who has proclaimed that his political umbilical cord is tied to Tonyboy Floirendo, is adopted by the Floirendos.
I see a sinister premonition if Gob Dolfo does not watch Mayor Uy, his politics and his chairs.
Those chairs, given the popularity of the project that has been giving the mayor wide publicity, could cost Gob Dolfo his chair at the governor’s office after the 2013 elections.