Legacy of Performance

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By Jun Ledesma


Monday, February 17, 2014

IN A time when politicians are looked down on with disdain because of unmitigated corruption that afflict the nation there are a few good men and women who lift the spirit and provide the last dose of inspiration. Unfortunately for us some of them are going gently into retirement.

Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, "Dolfo" or RDR to his friends and peers and "Ninong" to this writer entered politics not on the basis of dubious agenda like what most politicians do, but to serve the interest of his constituents. He was honed to be one. The venerable Don Antonio Floirendo, as a way of corporate responsibility to the province which provided him the niche where to start with his agricultural venture, "gave" to Davao del Norte the man he trusted most: his brother in-law Dolfo.

Del Rosario's assumption as Chief Executive starts a new political era for the province once governed by clueless mediocrity. His corporate style of governance was sneered at by traditionalists. When he caused the construction of a long and winding bridge south of Tagum City, he was pilloried by his adversaries and critics who cannot comprehend why a new span has to be built when the Miranda bridge was still of use and in use. Some critics were saying that RDR was up to some Yamashita's treasure. A decade later and thereafter the critics are as silent as lambs as they cruise over the bridge looking down on the old Miranda link which for several days had been underwater and no longer navigable.


Davao del Norte of course has become one of the most dynamic provinces in the country. The once skeptical electorate voted Del Rosario as governor giving him a respite only each time his three three-year term expires. Again his term is about to end but before it is even being thought about, he had ask an accomplished planner and architect to draw him a sports complex which he thought shall be his final legacy to Davao del Norte. From an idea to a pulsating reality. The province is now home to a world-class sports complex which, because of its unique design and facilities, has in fact become a tourist attraction.

The sports arena, from the time it was opened for the games, has become a popular venue for competitions. Come rain or come shine, in nighttime or in daytime, the complex is always ready for competitions. It is a colossal achievement for Governor del Rosario and a crowning glory for the province which is Asia's biggest banana producer.

Talking to him over a cup of coffee, the governor who now has streaks of graying hair, said that it is now time that he gives way to the younger generation to lead Davao del Norte to more progress and prosperity. But listening to his laughter and seeing the glint in his eyes as he speaks of planning and governing, the enthusiasm, the vim, and vigor of my Ninong Dolfo has not actually waned. Good for another term?

Oh well, I cannot take his mind away from his retirement even as I warned him that retirement is not good for the health. If and when that time happens anyway he has excellent spare tires so to speak: Incumbent Congressmen Anthony del Rosario and Anton Lagdameo. Frankly if I have my choice, the lesser known and extremely low profile Vincent Floirendo, a natural-borne amiable politician is the man. The problem is he refuses to believe he is destined to be governor.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 18, 2014.


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