Cotabato gov assures of continuing humanitarian efforts for constituents PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:14

North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza on Tuesday lauded the continuing cooperation among North Cotabato’s ethnically diverse folks in keeping the fragile tranquility in the province even as they face mounting security challenges while forging ahead with their community peace and development initiatives.

Mendoza, chairperson of the inter-agency provincial peace and order council, also reaffirmed her commitment, in her state of the province address (SOPA) on Tuesday morning at the municipal gymnasium of Makilala town, to vigorously continue her socio-economic interventions for Muslim, Christian and lumad communities to sustain the momentum of North Cotabato’s improving security and investment climate.

Thousands graced Mendoza’s SOPA, a yearly activity meant to keep local folks abreast on the accomplishments of the provincial government and its peace and development thrusts that are still to be implemented.

North Cotabato is home to a “tri-people,” which groups together the area’s local Muslim, Christian and highland, non-Muslim residents.

The province has 17 municipalities and an administrative and political capital, Kidapawan City, which covers 40 barangays.

Mendoza said it was for the provincial government’s transparent handling of its projects and humanitarian programs for all sectors that made her office succeed in achieving its development goals in the past 12 months.

Mendoza said she is optimistic the provincial government can accomplish its public administration, social welfare, education and health objectives for 2015 with the cooperation of her constituents and their barangay and municipal leaders.

Mendoza’s SOPA on Tuesday was preceded by her turn over last week to beneficiary-communities of six vital projects her office and the Department of Agriculture jointly implemented in the hinterland Magpet town in northeast of North Cotabato.

The projects, a communal water reservoir at the Bagumbayan National High School in Barangay Bagumbayan and a barangay hall and a water system in nearby Barangay Sallab, were accomplished according to target dates stated in work plans.

Mendoza and Magpet municipal officials also launched then the full electrification of Barangay Imamaling, which the provincial government bankrolled.

The governor also turned over to Magpet residents a covered court that can also be used as venue for community gatherings in Barangay Manobo and a water system and a post harvest facility in Barangay Kinarum, both in the same town.