‘Bayanihan’ governance grinds in ComVal

Compostela Valley Province Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy is earning a reputation for his relentless drive in attaining peace in his province that was once an armed conflict area between the reds and the government forces.Being the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chair in Davao Region, peace and order has, perhaps, become the core of Uy’s governance.

But looking deeper in to his administration, this “Bayanihan” approach the youthful governor strongly established is the heart of his administration as it essentially fuels the province’s programs and directions towards development.Last September 20, a total of 11 classrooms in five far-flung areas of the province were being constructed through “Bayanihan para sa Paaralan” to accommodate displaced  learners of Salugpungan Ta”Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center Inc. (STICLCI) that was recently suspended by the Department of Education (DepEd).

The facilities, once finished this month, will benefit schoolchildren in Barangays Panansalan in Compostela, Danawan Manurigao in New Bataan, Sitio Side 4 Mangayon in Compostela, Sitio Bongloy, Pagsabangan in New Bataan, and three in Sitio Sapanglubog, Tibagon in Pantukan town that are situated in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

According to Uy, the province was able to raise P9 million from the private sectors for the construction of schools through the stakeholders’ forum for “Bayanihan para sa Paaralan” program held last August 27.

“If we are serious in solving our country’s problems, we must begin in investing in our youth. There is no better way to do that than to build better schools, schools that teach them that their knowledge belongs to their families and communities, schools that will not take away their innocence, schools that will teach them the ways of peace, schools that will build, not destroy and will allow them to dream and reach new horizons,” Uy said.

The Bayanihan para sa Paaralan is a program of the provincial government of Comval to address the shortage of classrooms in the different public schools of the province where they accumulated funds from the different private partners and stakeholders of the provincial government to build school classrooms.

The program answers the issue of classroom shortage even without undergoing the usual lengthy government process of constructing classrooms.

“Di ta gusto mag taas atoang out-of-school-youth. Importante kaayo ang education labi na sa formative sa children nato, dapat mang skwela jud sila,” Uy said.

After the construction, Uy said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio vowed to turn over the first set of school supplies to 250 learners in all five sites.

Uy, meanwhile, called for support to vote “Yes to Davao de Oro” on the scheduled plebiscite slated December 7 to bring back the province’s affinity to Davao City that will result to a greater economic opportunity for the people in the province.

“Davao de Oro ang angay i-tawag sa atoang probinsya kay unang una, part kita sa Davao Region. Expect pag Davao de Oro, dali rata mailhan sa turista ug investors,” Uy said.