NEWS: “Monkayo, you’re in good hands!”- MB

aug 31

For once he wiped his sweating forehead in the middle of his 4th State of the Municipality Address last Thursday, and broke a dialect for a pause in his speech.

But the tens of thousands of the townfolks of mostly young crowd of secondary students and teachers obviously took it for a game to a kind of mayor, evidently beloved by the Monkayo people now, for bringing in solid and tangible gains and accomplishments for the town and the laurels of his workforce after a turbulent period stigmatized by Diwalwal.

“Under the Brillantes administration, Monkayo, you are in good hands!” thundered Mayor Manuel “Junjun” Brillantes Jr. in like a coup de grace finish of his Thursday’s SOMA, his 4th in his two consecutive terms until at present.

A roaring applause of the young was heard inside the jampacked newly improved municipal gymnasium, Brillantes another infrastructure landmark after bringing in a new municipal hall and two market public market buildings in his first term.

The town at present is celebrating its 54th Araw ng Monkayo and the 13th Kariyawan Festival which will culminate this coming Thursday, Sept. 4.

For almost an hour, the mayor reported his administration’s gains and accomplishments such as the town’s No. 1 rating achieved in 2007 throughout the Compostela Valley Province in the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Local Government Performance Management System. For this he said your “taxes is moving”.

After completing the new municipal hall and the two public market buildings, “now we are ready to hold big events because of the completion of the newly renovated municipal gymnasium, big enough to accommodate 5,000 people. Pwera buyag, ang atong gym mao ang pinakanindot sa tibuok probinsya, di ba? Makita na usab nato nga mas napanindot na ang plaza. Malipayon na kaayo kita nga naa nay masuroyan labi na ang atong mga kabataan uban sa ilang mga pamilya. Nakita nato ang tennis court nga na bag-o na ug isunod na pod nato ang freedom stage. Sa pagkakaron, gisugdan na ang construction sa 17 stalls nga fruit stands diha sa taboan area., “ he said.

Beginning this year he said that a P2 million budget would be allocated each year in his current term which will result to the concreting of all the streets and roads in the poblacion. For this, he thanked his local sanggunian for the support through their Municipal Ordinance No.06-2007.

Brillantes also reported his significant gains in the areas of infrastructure, potable water systems in the barangays, social services like the strengthening of 27 DOH standard health programs, municipal-wide medical and dental outreach program, housing assistance, provision of Red Cross Insurance for the market vendors, operators, drivers and conductors, jewelry making training for the persons with disabilities, women and students, and the intervention through the Task Force Bugas during the rice crisis.

The Brillantes administration for the last year’s feat has garnered awards such as the Sandugo national award for surpassing the blood sufficiency program of the Department of Health, and through Mrs. Danielle de Leon for winning the Most Outstanding MSWDO throughout Region XI; through Mr. Panfilo Alcala for winning in the National Gawad Saka Awards 2007 (Rice Farmer Category) of the Department of Agriculture, and for the six other Provincial Gawad Saka Awards, two of which became regional awardees; and the regional award from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the good solid waste management program of the mayor.

Brillantes also pledged to sustain his Municipal Scholarship Program which at present has 198 scholars enrolled in various technical-vocational schools in the province. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News) http://ruralurbanews.blogspot.com

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