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Pols grace Mati forum

Davao City (4 May) -- In pursuit to the thrust of the Church to help the voters in choosing leaders for the May 14 elections, the Social Action Ministry of the Diocese of Mati initiated the Candidates Forum held on two separate days for the two opposing parties in the province of Davao Oriental.

The Lakas-CMD party of incumbent Governor Marlene Palma Gil was invited for the April 23 schedule. Due to earlier commitments, only three candidates represented the party, and despite the poor attendance, the forum was held.

Led by mayoral bet former Governor Rosalind Lopez, the group reverberated the party's platform of government.

They explained that since their party is Lakas Christians-Muslim Democrats, they will implement and strengthen ways in the forging of a lasting alliance and understanding between Christians and Muslims.

Others in their priorities are infrastructure, waste management, and employment.

A much bigger group from the Team Davao Oriental-Team Mati came on April 25 for the Candidates Forum.

Led by former Representative Thelma Almario, now staging a comeback in Congress, and son, Mayo Almario seeking a seat at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as Vice-Governor after having completed three terms in Congress, majority of the line-up were given the chance to speak for themselves and their vision of the position they are aspiring for, and how can be effective as such.

The provision of health services is a top priority of the party.

In an earlier interview, Cong. Mayo Almario revealed that he already asked the officials of Davao Oriental provincial hospital to come up with a comprehensive health care program to be submitted and implemented if he and Gubernatorial bet Corazon Malanyaon be elected into office.

Also among the priorities of the party are; education, environmental protection, youth empowerment, strengthening the tourism promotion for the province.

Earlier, the municipality of Baganga and Cateel also had their Candidates Forum for their municipal candidates.

Fr. Danilo Fuentes, Social Action Director of the Diocese of Mati, reiterated that the forum was the way for the Church to help voters in voting wisely and make good choices in the May 14 synchronized local and national elections.

Both Palma Gil and Malanyaon were not present in the Candidates Forum.

Independent candidates will also be given a chance to express their vision and motives for running over DXHM-Radyo Totoo, in the political education program of the Diocese.

Said activity was covered live simultaneously over the Diocesan Radio Station DXHM-Radyo Totoo and Trinity Cable Television Home Channel 5. (PIA XI and DXHM) [top]

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