Chiong, allies forge ties with Gov. Davide

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Friday, May 16, 2014

THEY may have differed in political affiliations but this did not stop Mayor Valdemar Chiong of the City of Naga to give his support to the programs of Gov. Hilario Davide III.

Chiong together with his 28-allied barangay captains visited Davide’s office at the Provincial Capitol last Monday to assure the governor of their support.

The visit was made a day before Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale distributed cash incentives to barangay workers of Naga and in the nearby San Fernando town.


“Lipay kaayo kay nakapalit ko’g bugas ug sud-an sa akong tulo ka anak, ug nakabayad sa mga utang (I am very happy because I was able to buy rice and food for my three children and I was able to settle my debts),” said Gliceria Lawas, 48, who works as a barangay animal health aid (Baha) of Naga, when asked what she did with her P1,500 incentive from Capitol.

Chiong thanked Davide and Magpale for the attention given to Naga even if the mayor is affiliated with the rival Alayon Party.

Chiong said he also got an assurance from Davide that the City could continue using the Capitol-owned lot in Barangay Inayagan for the construction of a new school building.

“Ni manifest ko’g intent to support ni governor and vice governor whatever their plans for 2016, ug kung kinahanglan ang akong tabang sa ilang reelection bid (I manifested my intent to support the governor and the vice governor on whatever plans they would have for 2016, and if they need my help for their reelection bid),” said Chiong, even without shifting his alliance from Alayon to the administration Liberal Party, which is Davide and Magpale’s party.

For his part, Davide said he is thankful of the mayor’s gesture.


Davide said he has the support of the Provincial Board members to amend the existing memorandum of agreement between Capitol and Naga on the continued use of the lot in Inayagan.

After Naga and San Fernando, Davide, Magpale and Provincial Association of Barangay Councils president Celestino Martinez III yesterday turned over cash incentives to the barangay workers of Carcar City and Sibonga town.

Magpale said the Provincial Government allocated P47 million for the annual cash incentives of barangay health workers, barangay nutrition scholars, daycare workers, Baha, barangay tanods. It was supposed to be distributed last December.

She said the delay stemmed from the problems with the Commission on Audit in giving away incentives, but it was eventually justified.

Magpale said the beneficiaries from the province’s fourth, fifth, sixth and first districts have already received their incentives. Their next stop is in second and third districts.

For BHWs, they get P2,400 each, while the tanods, baha, daycare workers and nutrition scholars each received P1,500 cash.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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