1-kilo, 18-karat Comval’s ring declared as people’s property

oct 31, 2013
Compostela Valley’s known Solidarity Ring made of gold weighing 1.18 kilograms has been declared as a people’s property through a provincial ordinance.
Board Member Moran Takasan authored Provincial Ordinance No. 13, series of 2013, “institutionalizing the Solidarity Ring and declaring the same as property of the people of Compostela Valley” to safeguard it “as the emblem of unity of Comvalenyos and as symbol to remind every Comvalenyo of the gains that they have achieved on unifying themselves.”
“Also, (it is) a fitting recognition to the leaders during the period 2007-2010, who cast aside their political differences and personal aggrandizement in order to heed the call for peace and reconciliation as indispensible components to address unity,” the ordinance stated.
The ordinance was unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan last October 16, 2013 after series of committee hearings and consultations.
The ring was made out of the donations of gold from miners, tunnel operators and corpo members operating in various mines inside the gold-rich province in 2008. They responded to the call for unity of now third-termer Governor Arthur T. Uy, who was elected for his first term in 2007 polls.
It is an 18-karat ring with an appraised value of P1.5 million as of March 2008.
It is made of 1.18 kilograms of gold of shining finish and 308 grams of 99.9-percent silver in diamond mettle finish, and has 5-interior diameter and a 6-inch exterior diameter.
Engraved in it are symbolic figures such as hands clasped, rays of shining sun, and a soaring eagle spreading its wings to especially note of the province’s Mount Araibo in the municipality of Pantukan, which is also a home of the extinct Philippine Eagle.
The provincial ordinance has also a provision on its safekeeping, adisplay area and formal turnover.
It provides that the Solidarity Ring shall be under the stewardship, responsibility and accountability of the provincial Governor, and for such, he is issued of a memorandum order by the general services office.
“The formal turnover ceremony would give an opportunity for the outgoing, exiting governor to meet with the incoming, new governor,” said Board Member Takasan in an interview.
The Solidarity Ring is currently on display for public viewing at the ground floor of the provincial Capitol building at Barangay Cabidianan, Nabunturan. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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