Carmen waves encouraging words to passersby
By Jean Duron-Abangan
Carmen, Davao del Norte (19 June) -- No lazy in Carmen. Carmenians are clean. Carmen goes on progressing.
These are few of the messages written in vernacular mounted on flaglets attached to a pole hoisted at the center island along the national highway in front of Carmen public transport terminal.
"These are just words of encouragement not just for the people of Carmen but also for passersby," said Octavio Valle, executive assistant of Carmen Mayor Marcelino Perandos.
Also acting as the municipal information officer, Valle took those messages as public reminders to "go back to basics" and to observe ways that would ensure "sustainable development" which he said would not be possible to attain if people "keep on depending entirely on the government."
Valle attributed the messages as ideas of Mayor Perandos who is seen as a "forward-looking" local leader.
Mounting the flaglets carrying the words of encouragement also formed part of the celebration of Carmen's 42nd anniversary yesterday (June 18), Valle said.
Aside from the usual revelry, the founding anniversary of Carmen included blessing rites of a multi-purpose building and a wet market building, and the inaugural blessing of 15 units of rent-to-own trisikad.
The two buildings were locally funded with a combined worth of about P1.8 million while the 15 units of pedaled tricycle for rent-to-own was financed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI which provided P135,000.
The 42nd anniversary of Carmen was also highlighted by the oath-taking ceremony for Perandos together with other local government officials who won in the recently held local elections. (PIA XI/jmda) [top]