San Jacinto, Masbate and good governance

INTERIOR SECRETARY Jesse Robredo and PNP Region V Regional Director, P/Supt. Cecilio B. Calleja, Jr. are key-note speakers in a first-ever grandscale Symposium on Good Governance and Peace and Order scheduled in San Jacinto, Masbate in the morning of April 30.

A multi-sector audience, that shall include Masbate City Mayor Socrates “The Action Man” M. Tuason, Masbate City Councilor Andrei Diez, elective provincial and local officials, PNP provincial and municipal top brass, public school teachers, NGO repre-sentatives and business leaders, expects the indefatigable and omnipresent DILG Boss to exhort the people of Ticao in particular, and Masbate in general, to take advantage of the ‘dawning of good governance under the aegis of the Aquino Administration’ in their relentless quest for CHANGE in that pro-vince.

If there is as good a time as any to rekindle such enduring pursuit, then this, indeed, should be it. We have tirelessly written – to the point of sounding like the proverbial ‘broken record’ – about Masbate’s growth being stunted by bad politics and the consequent OK-Corral type of peace and order.

That ambience of intense ‘patronage politics’ has long sown a culture of violence and impunity among her people, so notoriously known across the country over the years that it has deterred, in as long a period, investors from pouring in capital in any kind of trade in that province.

It has also seen Masbate consistently topped the list of “to-be-avoided” destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists.

As a consequence, Masbate has persistently been a member of the club of poor provinces in the country, with a population scattered around three (3) congressional districts, mostly living below the poverty line.

Secretary Robredo’s message, and Gen. Calleja’s expec-ted assurance of a vastly-im-proved peace and order scenario in the province, is widely perceived to be the “wake-up call” for her people to now embark on a crass, turn-around concerted thrust aimed at finally snatching that elusive progress and deve-lopment. Well, let’s see how things will go. (TO BE CONTINUED)

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