Barangay leaders urged to unite for Mindanao development
By Noel Baguio
Davao City (7 December) -- Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario called on all Mindanaoan leaders, including the new batch of barangay officials, to unite for the development of Mindanao.
He said barangay officials should put their brand new authority to good use not only for the development of their own barangays, but in rallying behind the progress of the Mindanao region, as well.
As he focuses his energy in pushing the Mindanao development agenda to the national government, Gov. del Rosario asked the local officials to unify their efforts in advancing the growth of the island.
Del Rosario, who was recently elected as President of the Confederation of Local Chief Executives in Mindanao (Confed), as well as, the League of Governor's Vice-President for Mindanao, has vowed to press for more peace and development efforts in the region, including the campaign for a bigger share of Mindanao in the national budget.
The new Confed officers took their oath before President Benigno Simeon Aquino III last November 30, 2010 at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang in Manila.
"I take this privilege to rally you behind the development thrust of Mindanao," the governor told barangay leaders during the recent recognition party of the Liga ng mga Barangay-Davao del Norte Chapter in Tagum City.
He said he will be spending the next three years consulting with local leaders to make a common front for the Mindanao cause.
As he reiterated his call for all Mindanaoan leaders of their responsibility to submit feasible and relevant project proposals to the President, del Rosario enjoined the new set of barangay officials to activate their respective barangay development councils (BDCs) in crafting plans that are aligned to the priority programs of the provincial government and that of the Aquino administration.
He recalled that Davao del Norte's three-pronged strategy on human development, which include health, education and income opportunities; people empowerment; and, public-private partnership also jibed with the thrust of the president.
"So that when these plans shall become integrated into our Provincial and Regional plans, we shall bring a strong case to the National Economic Development Authority(NEDA) to grant us wider shares in the national budget," he said.
However, he added the plans should be the product of a participatory process in order to come up with responsive programs and projects that will truly address the real needs of the communities.
The top executive also cited the crucial role of the village officials in realizing government programs, since social problems emanate from each community, such as petty crimes, garbage problems, environmental degradation, gambling and drug abuse, among others.
He challenged them to demonstrate their capacity and readiness in rising to the challenge of community leadership, as "failure to address these concerns at the grassroots level can have many implications to the over-all success of the national agenda." (CIO Tagum) [top]