Ifugao candidates promise development, disaster preparedness
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (27 February) -- Heeding the call of the civil society for economic development and disaster preparedness, provincial candidates for the upcoming May 10 polls promised to work for the betterment of the province if elected.
Four candidates running for the Congressional seat, one gubernatorial candidate, one for vice governor and seven candidates running for board members took turns in presenting their platform of government to a multisectoral audience of 300 during a candidates forum last week.
Irene Calingayan, President of the Ifugao Women's Organization said that livelihood enterprise and agro-forest development programs are priorities of the said candidates. The organizers are hoping that these will be funded by the said candidates once they are elected into office.
Health and education are also included in their platforms. "The civil society members are included in the monitoring and inspection of selected projects of the local government," Calingayan said.
The candidates also said that if elected, they will come up with disaster management plan to combat the effect of calamities such as the El Nino phenomenon, climate change and landslides.
Calingayan added that the candidates agreed that the development direction being set and the priorities being identified by the Provincial Development Council will be respected and effectively supported in order to eradicate patronage politics.
Present during the candidates forum were Lawyers Dennis Habawel, Albert Pawingi, Governor Teddy Baguilat Jr and a representative of Gen. Nelson Allaga. The said candidates are running for the Congressional seat.
Gubernatorial candidate Lawyer Eugene Ballitang, vice gubernatorial bet Atty. Pedro Mayam-o and seven candidates for board member for the two districts were also present. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]