Led by Governor Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, Compostela Valley (ComVal) Province in the Davao Region celebrated its 18th Founding Anniversary on March 8, 2016.
Celebrated alongside the 9th Bulawan Festival, the twin festivity kicked off with a Motorcade and Float Parade.
In his message, Governor Uy, whose term ends in June, expressed his thanks for the support of his constituents.
“This would be my last celebration as your Governor. For all these years, thank you for helping me and serving you, thank you for making the province a little better,” said the governor at the festival opening.
Uy said he hoped that the Bulawan Festival will continue under the next leadership. Uy’s son, Provincial Board member Tyrone Uy is running for Governor in the May polls.
The Bulawan Festival, an annual celebration of thanksgiving that also showcases ComVal’s culture and tradition and progress, took its name from gold mining. ComVal is located in Mindanao’s “Mineral Corridor” and its robust economy was partly propelled by mineral produce in barangay Mt. Diwata (Diwalwal) and other gold-rich barangays.
Part of the anniversary celebration is the launching of the Governor’s Awards.
Nelly Esperanza-CSC Provincial Director said the Governor’s Awards recognized individuals who excel in Good Governance, Public Service, Poverty Alleviation and Human Development, Peace and Social Cohesion, Gender Equality or Women Empowerment, Community Empowerment, Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development, Entrepreneurship and Employment Creation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Culture and the Arts, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Education, Health and Wellness, and Finance and Sports.
There are thirteen (13) awardees from the private and public sector recognized for Service Orientation, Leadership, Impact, Integrity and Exemplary show of skills.
Congresswoman Maricar S. Zamora in her message emphasized that March 8 is International Women’s Day celebration.
She expressed elation that most of the activities of the celebration highlighted the strength of women in Compostela Valley.
A crowd-drawing event was the Baranggayanihan Showdown, a friendly inter-barangay competition participated in by barangay officials and workers.
Prizes were also awarded in the Floral Float Parade best float contest to New Bataan (1st), Mawab’s Lorenzo National High School (2nd) and third placer Land Bank of the Philippines. (Rey Antibo, PGO-IDS)