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VG Baby Suaybaguio is acting Davao Norte Gov

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 7, 2014 by cha monforte

jan 2, 2014

Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr is acting governor of the Davao del Norte as Governor Rodolfo del Rosario has been out of the country since December 28.

Acting Governor Baby Suaybaguio

Acting Governor Baby Suaybaguio

The vice governor assumed the post as Gov. Del Rosario is in Macau to attend a family gathering on New Year. He is expected to be back on Sunday, January 5.
In behalf of the governor, Acting Gov. Suaybaguio wished to the people of Davao del Norte and all a prosperous New Year, expresing optimism for more growth and sustained development in the province for the year 2014.

He thanked the all-powerful Almighty for the blessings received and the unhindered programs and services that the provincial government gave to the people last year.

He said that the past year showed the Filipinos’ resiliency to worst calamities like supertyphoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake.

“People around the world realize that we as a people can bounce back, and stand up like a phoenix,” he added.

“For this New Year, as long as we’re united and we continue working, development comes to our dear province,” acting Gov. Suaybaguio said. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

Davao Norte SP ends session with unprecedented performance record

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 27, 2013 by cha monforte

june 26, 2013

By Cha Monforte. Rural Urban News

The Sanggunian Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte for the 2010-2013 term ended their session Monday afternoon, well patted on the back by a record of accomplishing unprecedented performance since the birth of the province in 1967.

Their last session was timely as the province in the morning kicked off its celebratory activities for the 46th founding anniversary on July 1.

SP secretary Dennis Dean Castillo in his summary report informed the body that the SP’s “unprecedented performance since 1967” came from their collective accomplishments in three functions of the SP as legislative body, quasi-judicial body and oversight body.

He particularly noted that in adopting in its entirety the Executive Plan of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario to the Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) 2010-2013, the outgoing SP made a history when through legislations it accomplished 95 percent the provisions of the ELA, and 98 percent of its own legislative agenda.

“This is also the first SP incumbency to enact an expanded legislative agenda because of its early accomplishment of the main legislative agenda,” Castillo said.

“In mobilizing all standing committees, it resulted to 17-percent increase of legislative approval as compared to the previous 2007-2010 term,” he said.

“There was no adjournment made due to lack of quorum,” he added.

The SP was also cited for the approval of the Gender and Development Code, Environment Code and the Housing Code as required by the national government, and making due legislative spadework for the Investment Incentive Code, Public Safety and Security Code, Tourism Code, Health and Sanitation Code and the Omnibus Scholarship Program.

For providing quality legislations, the SP earned a Very Satisfactory-Plus grade by the Dept. of Interior and Local Government.

The SP is also the first to receive an Excellent Legislative Award given by the governor in 2012.
Moreover, the SP was cited for the full implementation of the “paperless session which resulted to a drastic reduction in office supplies and materials and helped component local government units to also reduce expenditures by submitting three copies only instead of the required 18 copies.”

Also cited on the outgoing SP were the restructuring of the staffing pattern of the legislative department, professionalism in the ranks of SP employees, knowledgeable backstopping, research and liasoning, approval of the establishment of Davao del Norte Learning Institute, well-crafted and researched legislations and transparency.

“Though members came from different political affiliations, the SP decided as one in legislating the Governor’s PEOPLE platform of governance, ELA, Development and Investment Plan and others,” Castillo wrapped up his report.

For his part, Presiding Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr congratulated and thanked each member of the provincial board, singling out those exiting members for doing a good job and leaving legacies while serving the province. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

“What about Baby S for governor?”

Posted in vice gov baby suaybaguio with tags on January 1, 2012 by cha monforte

Sept 8-14, 2011

“What about Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr running for governor also?”

This has been asked by several quarters after the Valley & City Chronicle bannered last week that Tagum City Mayor Rey “Chiong Oy” Uy is running for governor by 2013 polls if “there’s vacancy”, that is, if second-termer Governor Rodolfo del Rosario will not seek reelection.

Edgardo Pojas, a church worker in Sto. Tomas, for one, asked:  “Si Baby diay mag-unsa siya? Dapat modagan pod siya kay vice gov na gud siya”  after seeing the last week’s headline, “CEE O TO RUN FOR GOV IF…”

But while not a few in Davao del Norte Capitol are seeing that Gov. Del Rosario is still running for governor by 2013 polls but on the prospect that if President Benigno Aquino III picks the governor for a Cabinet function and should the latter accede, Vice Gov. Suaybaguio Jr is given a higher notch that would have him running for governor.

This is contemplated by pundits as a Cabinet reorganization is reported by the national media to be in the offing.

It would be recalled that when the President visited Sto. Tomas town to launch a Kalahi welfare program last September 2010 he was quoted that he would be later be tapping Gov. Del Rosario for an important function in his administration.

Provincial social welfare officer Arlene Semblante however personally  opined that she is rather seeing that the governor, who has still a last term, is bound to seek reelection in the way he actively pushes his programs for the welfare of the people in the province.

Other Capitol employees including Vice Gov. Suaybaguio, in separate interviews, are seeing the same.

The vice governor said he as the “man next after him (governor) is of course ready” to run the Capitol affairs  and implement the governor’s administration thrusts in case he serves in higher position.

But, he added, as of now he is seeing the governor to be completing all his gains and accomplishments in his third term.

Vice Gov. Suaybaguio has been noted to be a good ally of the governor visibly starting 2001 when they both won for the province’s top posts.

In that year Suaybaguio won his first vice gubernatorial term while Del Rosario wangled his first gubernatorial term under the divided, smaller Davao del Norte after serving three terms as District 3 congressman under the old undivided province.

In 2007 when Gov. Del Rosario came back to run for governor after serving as secretary of New Government Centers. He handily won in tandem again with Suaybaguio as his vice governor for their new first term. At present  the two are serving their second terms after winning handily in the last May 2010 polls under the Liberal Party of President PNoy.

As Del Rosario had been winning electoral bouts either unopposed or over no-match rivals except perhaps ex-Gov. Gelacio Gementiza who sought reelection for governor in 2007 polls, Suaybaguio on the other hand defeated his vice gubernatorial rivals each leaving them a deafening margin of over a hundred thousand votes.

In 2001 polls Suaybaguio defeated ex-Boardmember Virgilio Boiser with a margin of over 124,000 votes. He defeated rivals Boardmember Shirley Belen Aala in 2007 and ex-Boardmember Roger Israel in 2010 leaving them wide margins of over 101,000 votes and over 150,000 votes, respectively.

Truly a son of Tagum he won his first elective post as municipal councilor in 1980 and after a term he ran and won as the vice mayor before he completed his three straight terms as the municipal mayor from 1988 to 1998. Suaybaguio was the architect of the cityhood of Tagum as it was on his last term that he successfully labored to make Tagum a city worthy to be called as such for the 9 years of massive developments that the city had undergone under his leadership as shown in the market –terminal-slaughterhouse-road complex that he built  and which bustles now in the inner northern frontier of the citywhich was once an wide agricultural, forested area.

For three terms he was the president of the mayors’ league of still undivided Davao del Norte.

In 1995 polls when Suaybaguio sought for his last term his complete slate- from mayoral and vice mayoral down to councilors’candidates-  was so unopposed with zero rival not even a nuisance independent candidate in sight, a record that is still unbroken until this date. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

NEWS: AGR’s resignation from Lakas-Kampi “a smart move”- Yayong

Posted in Anthony del Rosario (AGR), congressman arrel olano, gelacio "yayong" gementiza, governor rodolfo del rosario, Vice Governor Victorio "Baby" Suaybaguio Jr with tags , , , , on August 30, 2009 by cha monforte

Davao del Norte politics

aug 27

Still politically coy Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza, former Davao del Norte governor, has his own reading on the recent decision of confirmed congressional hopeful Anthony del Rosario (AGR) in resigning from the merged Lakas-Kampi party which his father governor chairs in the province.

“It’s a smart move and the real purpose is really to leave the administration’s congressional standard bearer vacant, while he would end up being supported by two parties- of the administration and opposition,” said Gementiza, who earlier wanted Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr to duel with AGR in the congressional arena.

In an interview yesterday at his sprawling residence at Apokon, Tagum City, Gementiza, who was himself included by Tagum’s political pundits as congressional potential in the province’s District 1, said that the young Del Rosario’s running as independent could benefit him as provincial boardmembers in the district reported to be comebacking to reclaim their mayoral seats “have now AGR” to troop to under his leadership while the incumbent mayors would remain to be with the side of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario under the administration party.

The District 1’s congressional post to be vacated by last-termer Congressman Arrel Olano had then become a much sought-after post of fellow leading Lakas-Kampi partymates after AGR admitted that he had stage 3 lymphoma cancer early this year until two weeks ago when in a media forum he announced that he was already completely healed of it after undergoing series of chemotherapy treatments within a seven-month period.

In that media forum, he announced his resignation to go independent as “neither administration nor opposition” in confirming his bid of running for Congress, and for him to freely choose a presidential candidate whom personally liked.

“Now he (AGR) can freely pick the strongest opposition candidate,” Gementiza added.

He said that it is unthinkable that the father governor would pit someone against his own son in the congressional race, referring to the post of Lakas-Kampi’s congressional standard-bearer in the district.

But the the former governor also said: “or Dolfo may bolt the administration party” as “in the first place” he has already “no Tadeco to protect”.

Gementiza continued to be coy on his political plan in the coming 2010 elections.

“Mahibal-an ra nato na sa Nobyembre kung pwede pa ba o dili, kay kung dili mag-concentrate lang ko sa akong negosyo (We’ll know that by November, if it’s still good for me to run or not, but if it’s not, then I’ll concentrate myself on my business,”he said.

Meanwhile, in yesterday’s birthday celebration of Vice Gov. Suaybaguio, in an interview, he wished for further unity and good governance in the province under the leadership of Gov. Del Rosario.

“I have been in the mainstream politics and I have not been jumping from one political party to another, and I wish that would end all speculations” in obvious expression of his continued unity with the governor following previous reports that his relationship with the governor underwent an episode of getting soured sometime.

The governor feted Suaybaguio with a splendid birthday celebration at the Tahanan governor’s residence inside the Capitol complex at Mankilam with provincial officials, AGR, mayors including Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy, boardmembers, city councilors, friends and members of the media present.

At lunchtime, when Suaybaguio arrived at Tahanan he was greeted with a Happy Birthday song, and when he posed with the governor, acoustic singers rendered the song “Together Again”.

But a ranking provincial official, who asked not to be named, quickly opined on the song: “That’s wrong, the two had never parted ways. It’s just that their reported parting was misread, since the intention was really to boost Baby’s political foundation. He’s now so popular to the people in the province and their tandem is so formidable” (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News).

OPINION: Mixed, confusing signals

Posted in Anthony Rafael del Rosario (AGR), DAVAO DEL NORTE POLITICS, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario (RDR), Vice Governor Victorio "Baby" Suaybaguio Jr with tags , , , on August 10, 2009 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

aug 7
Former Davao del Norte vice governor and now confirmed congressional aspirant Anthony Rafael del Rosario (AGR), on his first working day last Monday, has definitely let loose mixed and confusing signals from the influential politico-economic Del Rosario family. By now,  after his Monday’s statements hogged the headlines and aired wide over in the next day, political leaders and pundits in Davao del Norte are drawing and trading opinions and speculations that have either reinforced or changed the usual perception on the politics of his father Governor Rodolfo del Rosario (RDR).
Nevertheless, AGR’s statements have still to be connected to the politics of his father governor, who is considered a political kingpin in the province, whether or not the son consulted first the father on his plan of resigning from the administration Lakas-Kampi party and going independent in running for Congress by 2010. As has been through the years and decades, it would seem that RDR’s politics has been anchored on traditionalism and convenience linked to the national administration in power, and in previous cases where his presidential candidates lost in the polls he played to be consistent post-election turncoat in favor to the winning administration.
When AGR said that there’s no need actually for a party to win an election, we take that with grain of salt given the resources of his father or the Del Rosario family (including his mother who comes from the Floirendo family). The speculation is that AGR has crossed the rubicon or put the cart ahead of the horse in going independent in calculated deference to his father’s partymates, foremost to Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr who is most closest to RDR in terms of anointment without an AGR comeback from his stage 3 hodgkin lymphoma cancer. The resignation act is pretty respectful to partymates while it seems to be actually suggesting to ask for the slot from a distance, following AGR’s long absence due to cancer disease that “was already completely healed”.
But by this, two speculations cracked up: the first is that comes before the elections, the Lakas-Kampi party headed by RDR would have to adopt AGR as a guest congressional candidate without filling up the congressional bet in the province’s District 1, and the second- RDR would engage in political lobotomy in favor to his son with a token congressional Lakas-Kampi bet chosen, which is not only far-fetched and divisive, but also puts the governor in a politically treacherous and awkward position.
In terms of seniority under the rule of the Lakas-Kampi equity of the incumbent in selecting a congressional standard bearer, Vice Gov. Suaybaguio has the edge than AGR who is not elected official this time and is only a member, not an official of Lakas-Kampi party. In the light of his father’s pro-administration consistency, it is also far-fetched that the son would root for the opposition in a way that they could play one hydra with two heads, with each playing with two leading presidentiables comes 2010.
But then pundits ask who knows AGR is the forerunner of next events that could change the political landscape in the province like becoming the forward emissary to the opposition, although in his mixed, confusing statements he said he would be independent in his running, meaning neither an administration nor an opposition while still believing 100 percent on GMA up to this day, without minding that his father is the top gun of the administration party in the province.
By this, either he would remain 100-percent independent, or inevitably jump to the opposition ship with RDR if the latter continues to be visibly no longer enjoying the top of the creme in the blessings of the Palace (with AGR’s revelations that RDR at the recent was abruptly replaced as the regional boss and national treasurer of the Lakas-Kampi party). If they so jump ahead and not change horses in mid-stream only, the national opposition that is winning as shown in the unprecedented people’s outpouring in Cory’s funeral will gladly receive them. But by then RDR’s politics is changed. (For comments, reactions, txt 09069104553 or e-mail: