MALITA, DAVAO OCCIDENTAL – As Davao Occidental concluded the successful holding of the province’s second year founding anniversary, Gov. Claude Bautista called on his constituents to unite and trust the government for province’s road to progress.

Bautista ended the province’s five-day founding anniversary celebration on Saturday at the provincial capital of Malita with hopes for the people to liberate the province from poverty.

He said the success of the founding anniversary is only short-lived and what is more important is to continue working for the people to have jobs, livelihood and good education for the children.

The governor wants to see the province rise to progress as what it has envisioned when it separated from Davao del Sur province on June 30, 2016.

In making the province progressive, Bautista does not mean building beautiful barangay halls and other aesthetics, but to lift the lives of the people from hardship.

Despite being a young province, Bautista said he has provided some assistance to alleviate the poor people’s financial needs especially for the schooling of their children.

The province provided school materials to children whose parents have difficulty raising money for notebooks, among others.

“Gamay ran a nga pamaagi pero dako na nga impluwensya sa ginikanan (It is a small way but it is a big help to the parents),” he said in his message.

Bautista rallied the people to continue uniting regardless of race, culture because the people have also the responsibility to make the province progressive.

“Salig ko sa inyoha Sugod pa lang ta ikaduhang tuig. Hiusahon nato atong kusog, panghunahuna ug paningkamot (I have trust in you. We are just starting our second year. Let us keep our strength, mind and endeavors together),’’ Bautista urged. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)