Comval's "solidarity ring" unveiled
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (5 March) -- In time for the celebration of Compostela Valley Province's 1st Bulawan Festival that kicked off yesterday was the unveiling of the 1.3 kilogram solidarity ring that symbolizes camaraderie, cohesion, and unity in the province.
Different government officials and miners contributed their own share of gold as this mineral element is believed to be the best icon that makes Compostela Valley famous and great.
The concept of the solidarity ring came to birth after the reconciliation of Monakayo Mayor Manueal Brillantes, Governor Arturo Uy and 1st District Congressman Manuel Zamora. Comvalenyos were elated with the reconciliation as this is the long-awaited start to finally bring development in the gold-rich province.
It signifies the end of political feud while recognizing the advent of a cohesive team that aims to sincerely serve the people of Compostela Valley.
Governor Uy stressed that the said icon will already make Comval known to be the jewelry capital in the country as it boasts to be the home of minerals and the manpower that excels in jewelry-making.
"I am pouring P1 million this year to further strengthen the jewelry-making industry by encouraging more people to undergo trainings and engage in this particular industry," Uy said.
Congressman Zamora, on the other hand, pledged another P1 million particularly to benefit the resident in the Municipality of Monkayo through trainings and other assistance to those who are to engage in this field.
Uy also introduced to the media that the ring will be a "living" solidarity ring. "It will grow each year as we will continue t accept new gold donations from our partners and add their donation to the existing ring. So we must all expect a bigger and heaver solidarity ring each year." (PIA) [top]