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Friday, July 8, 2016

Zambo. Norte Officials Support Digong’s Call to End Crime, Corruption, Poverty

By Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY – Zamboanga del Norte elective officials and President Rodrigo R. Duterte are now singing the same tune: to end the cycle of crime, corruption and poverty in the country.

In his inaugural speech during the oath-taking rites on Thursday, June 30, Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Y. Uy has urged all elective official to join hands with the police and military personnel, and other law enforcement agencies to eradicate all forms of illegal activities to spare the public from hustle and bustle of life.

Governor Uy spiced up his talk with Bible verses, which call for honest-to-goodness public service.

He also pledged to continue supporting the marginal farmers and fisher folk by providing them with the needed farm inputs and fishing gears including infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems and others.

Representative Glona Labadlabad of the province’s second district also assured her constituents that all projects initiated by her husband, former congressman Rosendo Labadlabad, would be continued under her term.

Third district representative Isagani S. Amatong, on the other hand, called on all elective officials to let “action speak rather than words,” adding “all officials in the government should serve with utmost honesty.”

“How can we teach honesty without being honest,” Amatong emphasized.

Although the drug problem in the province is not as rampant as other parts of the country, Zamboanga del Norte is faced with a record high malnutrition problem based on the recent report issued by the National Nutrition Council (NCC) with the municipalities of Sindangan in the second district and Labason of the third district as having the highest rate of malnutrition incidence.

Zamboanga del Norte, an agricultural province, is composed of two component cities and 25 municipalities.