Davao Oriental celebrates unity on 41st anniversary
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (3 July) -- Almost all local chief executives and provincial elected officials came in full force as Davao Oriental celebrated its 41st anniversary last Tuesday (July 1) along with the two other Davao provinces: Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte.
Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon cited unity as the ultimate reason for the province' achieved development in the past year.
Only the two district representatives Thelma Almario and Nelson Dayanghirang who joined President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her recent trip to the United States were not present in the 41st Founding Anniversary Program.
More than 10,000 people were estimated to have joined the celebration in the afternoon. The provincial government prepared dinner packs for the said number to ensure that people in the province can partake in the province-wide anniversary celebration.
Rizal Street was then converted into a party haven as the whole Davao Oriental family from the eldest to the youngest member of the family got to experience clean fun with the bands that play rock, reggae, and retro music.
"This is one celebration that we truly designed for the poor. It is common knowledge that there are still plenty of poor families in the province that is why we make sure that our programs and this celebration is truly for them," said Malanyaon.
In her anniversary speech, Malanyaon cited some of the pro-poor programs that the present leadership has started implementation.
One is the provision of 20,000 Philhealth cards that are to be distributed to the poor families who are surely to benefit from the said health program.
"This way, we could encourage the people to use these cards especially that health is one important concern of any family," she said.
The province also boasts its latest Out-Patient Hospital facility that is lauded by the Department of Health. With such performance, the DOH announced the department's willingness to refund the full cost of the facility in the form of health services.
"The grant truly surprised us because that is already one big help for the people in the province. Surely, we could then provide better health services for our people," Malanyaon said.
She also cited other achievements especially on the number of potential investors that have expressed interest in doing business in the province especially on cassava and other agri-based products. (PIA) [top]