Living the battlecry, ‘Walang Iwanan’ in Comval

It is our direction that these pro-people and pro-poor initiatives will be anchored on the bayanihan governance or participatory governance. The kind of governance that empowers each sector, the kind of governance that always looks after strong collaboration and efficient service delivery, the governance that involves everyone— Remembering our battlecry, ‘Walang Iwanan’. One Comval. One Vision,” thus said by Compostela Valley Province Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy during the 1st State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Oct. 18, 2017 at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, Provincial Capitol, Nabuturan, Compostella Valley.

Young he may be, but the young governor has already achieved milestones in his first year in service with Comvalenyos as his inspiration.

I’ve always believed that the greatest gem in this province is its people. Ang katawhan gayud ang tinoud na bulawan sa Compostela Valley. Sama sa bulawan, kinahanglan kining umolon sa hulmahan sa kaalam ug kaugdang aron mas puno sa tumang kalig-on,”  Gov. Uy added.

Along with the three other timeless notions – Planet, Prosperity and Peace; the governor also emphasized the achievement of the Provincial Government in human development and the delivery of basic social services dubbed as People.

One of which is the Oplan Liwanag, a community-based transformative intervention program initiated by the Provincial Government of Comval, in response to the governments’ strong call for anti-illegal drugs campaign.

“Ang oplan liwanag dako kaayog nahimo sa akong kinabuhi. Dako kaayo kog pasalamat nila. Kung dili tungod nila, dili ko maingon ani karon. Wala koy makuha nga NC II,” said one of the Reformed Voluntary Surrenderer.

In a year of its operation, 937 Voluntary Surrenderers for Reform(VSR) completed the two month program from 15 pilot areas. About 75% of the VSR’s are now reformed and now integrated back into their families and communities.

Governor Uy also reported about the Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP), a grant given to the Provincial Government by the Department of Social Welfare and Development has successfully completed 15, 051 housing units out of its 15, 629 target units out of its 15, 629 target units. The province also partnered with the National Housing Authority and Gawad Kalinga Foundation.

Another program, is the use of Comval Iron-Fortified Rice (Comval iRice), which became a finalist in the Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF) Innovation Awards under government service and innovation. The Province also received the Pag-asa Awards of the Civil Service Commission last September 20 at the Malacañang Palace. The  Comval iRice is a joint innovation by the Provincial Government of Comval and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

In his presentation, the governor showed the province’s future projects such as the construction of drug rehabilitation facility in Libasan, Nabunturan, courtesy of the Department of Health and the Provincial Rehabilitation Center that will cater detainees from Compostela Valley.(Sheldane Mahinay // IDS Comval)