New Davao Oriental capitol blessing transcends petty politics
By Neela G. Duallo
City Of Mati, Davao Oriental (3 February) -- Historic with its touch of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the United States ' White House, the new Capitol Building of Davao Oriental has indeed, proven to be another milestone for the province, as Governor Corazon Malanyaon established a tradition, a tradition that transcends politics.
The blessing of the new Capitol Building started with a Holy Mass on a fine Monday morning of January 25 officiated by Fr. Onnie Baclay of the Society of Don Bosco, SDB.
After the Mass at the Capitol Chapel, Governor Malanyan and the beaming employees, all in their best aura and in their striking red Monday uniform, proceeded to the new building for the blessing.
There was a bit of waiting, and whispers were heard among the employees that there will be a special guest, and the Master of Ceremony confirmed the truth to the whispers.
Even the Governor was obviously in waiting, as she veered her looks into the other corners of the Capitol Covered Court, leading to the new building.
Malanyaon met and welcomed her special guest, her predecessor, former Governor Maria Elena Palma Gil.
"I am very happy today that finally we have come to this. I am happy with the former Gov. Palma Gil's presence. With this development, I want to set a tradition. Let us give credit where credit is due. The Former Governor worked hard for this. What we did was to finish the project, and made it look at its best for the people.
I tell you, we cannot move on without recognizing the people who were enormous parts of this project. It is in this part that others failed. This new capitol building is for former Gov. Marlene Palma Gil, and the people of Davao Oriental," she said in front of the very attentive and enthusiastic audience.
As she sets a tradition, Malanyaon emphasized that in the same manner, she also want that her humble contributions to the development of the province be remembered.
Former Gov. Palma Gil thanked Governor Corazon Malanyaon for the invitation.
"To you, Cora, thank you for the invitation ("Kanmo, Cora, salamatay"). Thank you for recognizing the concerted efforts, with that of the 11th and 12th Congress, former Vice-Governors Thelma Almario and Edgardo Lopez, in bringing you this magnificent building. We politicians come and go, but the workers, the employees stay, so this is our legacy for Davao Oriental," she stressed.
Governor Malanyaon reiterated that she does not believe in double standard in work, in public service.
"Whether you are working for the government, or in a private organization, there should be the same attitude towards work, the attitude of giving your best and showing your competence," the Governor furthered.
The 3-storey new Capitol building has a lobby of a five-star hotel, and boasts of the grandeur of the Grand Conference Room, the Investor's Lounge - Investor's Conference Room, and the Offices of the different departments and agencies.
While taking your steps to its stairways, one can feel the energy, the warmth, and the feeling of coming back.
Also witnessing the Blessing of the ph80-Million worth New Capitol Building were members of the 12th Congress (BM Ben Linsag, Lito Macatabog, Delfin Miones, Eric Rabat, Tina Yu, Bambi Roflo, Ramona Olea, Nestor Uy, Ronald Lara, PCL Pres. Niņo Uy), and City of Mati Mayor Michelle Rabat. (Mati, Dvo.Or) [top]