People's Day to be back early next year
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (26 November) -- Dabaonon indigents need not worry since the popular People's Day will eventually return early next year.
Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said the People's Day, a breakthrough one-stop-shop public service station held every Monday at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, Tagum City will be back by the New Year or in February 2011.
Established by the governor in January 2008, thousands of constituents mostly composed of indigents have benefited from the program, which was designed to make the provincial government more accessible and more responsive to the needs of the people.
Along with the executives of the province, Gov. del Rosario personally makes himself available to ordinary people who seek audience with him during the activity.
However, the well-admired program took a break last February when the province complied with the provisions of the COMELEC, following the conduct of the May 10 national and local elections.
It was supposed to return after the election period is over. But the Governor decided to further freeze the program when his son, 1st District Congressman Anthony del Rosario again felt ill and has to seek medical treatment at the premier Stanford Hospital in California, USA.
"The fact that my son got sick, siguro kailangan na man talaga ni Anthony ang attention ko," he said.
The Governor asked his constituents to understand the situation since he has to go to the US occasionally in order to join Cong. AGR during his six-month treatment in the U.S.
"I have been serving our province and our country for that matter for more than 30 years and I hope the people of Davao del Norte would understand that my son really needs me this time," the doting father said.
The doctors declared Cong. AGR to be fully cured from cancer after undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell transplant.
But, he is not allowed to come back home just yet as his doctors insisted that he stay for a while in order to fully recover from his treatment procedure, which temporarily compromised his immunity from diseases.
He is optimistic that the representative will be able to come back home by February next year, since his medical record show that his recovery from the battery of treatments was always way ahead of time.
"Pagbalik ni AGR ibabalik natin ang People's Day," he promised.
The local chief executive bared he plans to once again leave for the U.S. before Christmas and to return back immediately after New Year in order to celebrate the Yuletide season with his son. (CIO Tagum) [top]