Sibugay gets DILG seal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 August 2012 14:32

Zamboanga Sibugay  Governor Rommel A. Jalosjos has received the Seal of Good Housekeeping   on  Good  Governance of Transparency and Accountability  from the Department of  Interior and Local Government.

The seal — signed by the late  DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo — was handed over to Jalosjos by DILG Regional Director Paisal Abutazil during the governor’s State of the Province Address (SOPA) last  Tuesday at Sibugay Capitol Hall.

The seal tags Sibugay as the best governed province in Region 9 with P7 million reward.

Before Gov. Jalosjos received the award, he met all the five areas of evaluation conducted by DILG.  They are Administrative Governance, Social Governance, Economic  Governance, Environmental Governance and Valuing Fundamentals of Governance. 

After the deliveration of his SOPA. Jalosjos and Abutazil signed a memorandum of agreement for infrastructure and livelihood projects  for the province worth P 20 million, with funds from the DILG Pamana program.

Jalosjos thanked the late Secretary Robredo for his confidence in his leadership and the award of the Seal of Good Housekeeping. 

Before he delivering his SOPA, Jalosjos asked the officials, guests and people of the province to rise and lead a solemn silent prayer for the soul of the late Sec. Robredo.

In the SOPA, Jalsojos highlighted his new program called Rommel A. Jalosjos Tripartite Rubber Expansion Program (RAJTREE ) that is being implemented because the province is the rubber capital of the country.

“I realized that our rubber industry is the main asset of our agricultural industry and our way of living in Sibugay. I want rubber tree farmers and agricultural and aqua-culture folks to send their children to school and becomedoctors and lawyers,” Jalosjos said.

He also thanked his RAJTREE rubber tree experts and workers like Sozimo Labastida, Ibrahim P. Uto, Alberto Jung Corpuz, Alvino Orbecido, Eyang and EJ Fernandez, Richard and Janroy Silbol.

The governor also directed the Office of the Provincial Agriculture under Officer-in-Charge Daniel Fernandez to take action and focus on the DILG Evaluator’s recommendations to improve infrastructure support on communal irrigation system, farm-to-market roads, post harvest facilities, improved credit facilitation services to farmers, extend adequate production support on planting materials, fertilizers and laboratory services such as soil testing, provide assistance to research and development for  technp demo cooperators and research institutes, improve market development service on trade fairs, exhibits, missions and congresses and reach more farming-households beneficiaries.

Jalosjos  told newsmen after the SOPA  that he will acquire heavy equipment to fastrack his road development program so that farmers will have easy road access to bring their goods to the market. The equipment include dump trucks, graders, pay loaders, backhoes, bulldozers, compact and others.
“Most of the heavy equipment are very old and dilapidated. And there is now proper turnover because the old and dilapidate equipment are still owned by Zamboanga del  Sur,” Jalosjos said.

During the SOPA, Jalosjos turned over Philhealth cards to barangay justice advocates, medical equipment from the European Commission to 16 municipalities. — Allen Abastillas