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A Man Named Omar

   

  

by Michelle Dayrit- Soliven*  

I had never known the joys of the ocean until I came across a man so at ease with the earth’s most awesome sea creatures. His persistence led me to a deeply moving encounter that gave me a richer appreciation of the gifts of God to Mother Nature. I arrived with a fearful heart and left with an electrified spirit, courtesy of our newfound family friend, a man named Omar.  

Omar Nepomuceno

 

God equips His children with specific talents and abilities in order to pursue their purpose in life. It is therefore no coincidence that Omar Nepomuceno was born in the seaside town of Donsol in Sorsogon, a blessed haven where the world’s largest concentration of butandings (whale sharks) abound.  

A strong self-taught swimmer, Omar’s fondest childhood memory is that of his grandfather Isidoro taking two styrofoam ice chest covers used in his ice candy business. Using rope made of straw, he securely tied one onto his grandson’s back, the other onto his stomach. Then he would say to his apo: “O, sige na hijo, maligo ka na.”  

His parents Rosalina and Isidoro Jr. watched over their fearless little son joyfully swimming around the river.  

He describes himself as “taong dagat” because he adores, protects and  

respects the ocean and everything in it. Omar completed a Marine Engineering course at Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation in Legaspi City. When the Department of Tourism and the WWF conducted training for butanding interaction officers (BIOs) in Donsol, Omar emerged on top of his class. He loves butandings and he loves his job with a passion!  

I felt this when I met Omar last month in Donsol. I had been hearing his name from my younger sea-loving sisters Yvonne and Christine who had gone several times before me. For a very safe and enjoyable experience, they highly recommend Omar as my guide. Indeed they were right, but I experienced much more than they prepared me for.  

All butanding encounters are different and everyone has his or her own story to tell. Mine began on the morning of March 27.  

Incidentally, we were in Sorsogon the day before to attend the first graduation rites of The Divine Healer Learning Center. This is a school that provides quality education for underprivileged but deserving students founded by Father Gerard.  

It was a perfect day. Clear blue skies and glorious sunshine accompanied us on the scenic drive to Donsol. Upon our arrival on Vitton Beach, we received an enthusiastic welcome from a man named Omar, introduced as our BIO. He accompanied us to watch the orientation video in the registration office. “So it is you my sisters were talking about,” I told him as we walked into the boat and set off into the azure waters of the bay.  

He asked if we had with us some snorkeling gear. My son and husband nodded and showed it to him. He checked on them and seemed satisfied. Then he looked at me. The moment I dreaded came and I felt I just had to tell him: “Omar, there is something you need to know. I have never ever in my life used a mask and snorkel. This will be my very first time.” Instinctively he probably felt the fear I had because he immediately assured me that it was very easy. “Kaya mo yan, ma’am. Don’t worry, I will teach you now,” he told me.  

He put the mask over my face and adjusted it comfortably. Then he gently inserted the snorkel into my mouth and showed me how to breathe. “Now, remember, do not worry. When I say jump, just jump in and hold on to me when you get into the water,” he said. I nodded, trying to keep a brave front. Suddenly, I heard the boatman pointing and excitedly saying: “Ayan na! Nandyan na yung butanding.”  

I froze in fear! So soon! My sisters told me that they had to wait an hour or two to find a whale shark. I thought I would have more time to get used to the use of a mask and snorkel. They stopped the boat. I watched in horror as my hubby and my son jumped in. Omar was looking at me. “Ma’am, it’s time to jump. Let’s go!” I panicked! My heart was pounding as I hoisted myself unsteadily onto the edge of the boat. I was shaking while the boat bobbed up and down. I fought to keep my balance. Like a rag doll I was awkwardly teetering back and forth, so afraid to hit the water and almost fell back into the boat instead. I was trying to open my mouth to say, “I’m backing out! I changed my mind! I cant do this!” Suddenly I felt Omar’s strong hand taking mine as he jumped in pulling me into the water with him.  

I wanted to scream but the snorkel was in my mouth. I closed my eyes. Terror gripped me as we hit the water. But I heard Omar saying, “Ma’am relax ka lang. Just hold on to me and do not be afraid.” He readjusted my mask and snorkel and said, “Ready? Let’s go!” He held my hand firmly and swam away, not giving me time to think.  

“Look down,” Omar told me. “Just put your head down.” I obeyed… put my head down. And opened my eyes… and gasped! The sun’s rays penetrated the waters revealing a humongous blue gray figure with round white spots swimming gracefully beneath me. I was right smack on top of the butanding and the water was so clear I could see it breathing. Omar swam and supported my elbow lightly so that I could interact with this gentle being. As the silence enveloped me under water, a sudden peace pervaded my soul. I felt a deep spiritual connection between the whale shark and Omar as we all swam together side by side, basking in joyous tranquility.  

It was a successful conspiracy. These two soul mates (Omar and the whale shark) sensed my fear of the sun and the ocean kept me with them for a blissful 30 minutes, emptying me of all my fears.  

That was only the first of the six butandings I would encounter that day. We all emerged triumphant and invigorated. Omar was elated. BIO Florante Trinidad did such a good job with Lucy Lee’s new underwater camera that we each had a video of our interaction with these colossal yet amiable beings.  

We then enjoyed a sumptuous lunch courtesy of Sorsogon’s very gracious Gov. Sally Lee. Over succulent seafood and the best ginataang langka, Omar shared his stories.  

Very protective and caring in nature, Omar wants his visitors to make the most of the time and money they spend to come to Donsol. “I want everyone to be comfortable in the water and go home with wonderful stories to tell.”  

His most unforgettable experience in the ocean was the day in 2001. He had some American guests who flew all the way from Pittsburg wishing to see a whale shark. They didn’t just see one but a whole school of them, about 50 on a feeding frenzy. They were ecstatic!  

Another glorious moment was the day Omar and Florante successfully rescued a trapped butanding in Batangas. Asked how they did it, when several others before them failed, he humbly said, “I prayed for God’s assistance.”  

He takes every opportunity to share his insights to protect the precious butandings. “If a group of six fishermen kill a butanding, six families may have enough to live on for six months. But in exchange the rest of the other families in the community will all go hungry for years to come. Why? Because this brutal act could scare the butanding population away. And what do you think will happen to the van drivers who pick up guests, resort owners and restaurant owners, their employees, souvenir stall owners, boatmen, BIOs? With their livelihood gone, their families will go hungry,” he said.  

He prays often for the safety of his wife Yvette, a nurse in the Middle East, and is most grateful that his daughter Rayven graduated grade school at Aquinas School in Legaspi with honors. This nature lover feels God’s presence in the sunshine, the calmness of the sea, the magnificence of the gentle butandings. “I always ask God to please let my visitors see the butanding.” He is happiest when he sees his guests enjoying.  

“I always want to spread the sunshine,” he says of his motto in life. “Whatever blessings and gifts I receive from God, I must share.”  

To Omar, this means teaching others the skills he has mastered like swimming, being a good BIO, training others who want to be guides of other natural attractions, giving talks to the fishing community on the importance of not harming but preserving their environment, finding new activities and exciting destinations that guests to his beloved province of Sorsogon can enjoy and his fellowmen can benefit from. /  

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*Asking Michelle to publish her article in Bulan Observer, she replied :  

“Sure Andres! ( Andres?- that’s me, jun!) That was one experience I will never ever forget. Omar is the best. I am so glad you did not drown (she’s referring to my story of almost drowning in the sea of Donsol when I was 8). You must have a mission in life to fulfill. I am sure it is something that will be most rewarding. Be blessed in all you do.” MICHELLE DAYRIT-SOLIVEN  

Thank you Michelle!  

 Omar is my first cousin (mother’s side), he lives and works in Donsol. I have good memories of Donsol as I also partly spent my childhood there. The beautiful sceneries with Mt. Mayon against a lovely sunset, the quiet sea and the loving people and of course my dear grandparents Doro and “May” (mother) Nepomuceno with whom I used to go for a walk along the sea after dinner. I met Omar  last April 2009-  in Bulan!   

 jun asuncion  

————————HELP PROTECT THE WHALE SHARKS!————————–  

                     

 

  

  

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Presentation of the Executive Agenda 2010-2013

Note: The following is the Executive Agenda presented by Hon. Mayor Helen C. De Castro before the Sangguniang Bayan of Bulan during its Inaugural Session on July 5, 2010 at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall. (PIO Bulan)

Inaugural Session

Presentation of the Executive Agenda

SB Session Hall

July 5, 2010/ Monday

EXECUTIVE AGENDA 2010-2013

By Mayor Helen C. De Castro

Honorable Vice-Mayor and Presiding Officer Marnellie Robles

Honorable Members of this August Council

Honorable Barangay Officials

Heads of Offices of the Local Government Unit

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning to all of you!

It is with honor and pleasure that I congratulate the Honorable Vice-Mayor and the Members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Bulan.

Today, the just concluded political exercise had given us the fresh mandate to lead our people for the next three years. I am deeply elated by the warm trust and confidence. We venture into a new beginning for our Municipal Government. And it is us, the new officials of this beloved town who will be instruments in ushering in that new beginning.

Tradition has it that as we start our work as the new officials of Bulan, it is necessary that we first meet, and set down in fundamental terms the basic blueprints for the next three years. These fundamental principles of local governance shall guide and direct our actions. It is necessary that we should be able to work in solidarity.

It has been mandated by law that the Office of the Local Chief Executive, or the Mayor, and that of the Sangguniang Bayan, as a collegial body, are co-equal in power and authority. According to law, one cannot do without the other. It is my firm belief that collaboration and harmony, whether constructive or critical, between these two offices, must always work for the betterment and welfare of our community. Even ideologies or political differences must not be obstacles with what we want to achieve or accomplish. Even within a deliberative body like the Sangguniang Bayan, your discussions and debates, your opinions and views, your political differences and affiliations, can be worked out to produce a syntheses of ideas and plans that can be concretized into policies, programs and projects. Our people must not suffer or be sacrificed just because we differ in our views. We are supposed to be held together by our desire to serve Bulan. The Executive Department shall heavily rely and depend upon your ideas, crafted into legislations, which we pray shall be great in quality, pro-active, pro-poor and pro-peace.

If I were to be asked as a re-electionist mayor, all I want is that we shall be able to help realize the vision for our beloved community – a safe, peaceful, progressive place to live in. It is not an easy task however, in a growing town like ours. The challenges are multi-faceted; the tasks enormous, the efforts needed are great. But it shall all depend upon ourselves as leaders and stewards of Bulan. We are here for the next three years to keep, protect and take care of this community. It ought to be our political philosophy that while we have the privilege of power and authority, we are also servants and stewards of our people. And many of our people are expecting much from us.

Bulan, being a premier, first-class town in Sorsogon must continue in its eminence as a model community. We have been looked up to by many of our neighbor communities. But more importantly, Bulan has a bigger number of souls with more needs to take care of.

Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen, I am respectfully setting down before you our three –year Executive Agenda, which shall serve as the bases of our development plans. And this shall need the necessary legislative support. We are fortunate, that in this my third term, we shall be having the Community-based Monitoring System (CBMS) and the State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) and the data therein shall be guides for all of us in both the Executive and Legislative aspects.

Allow me therefore to enumerate on our three-year Agenda:

1. We shall continue all along to strengthen, improve, enhance and institutionalize the HELEN Program – Health, Education, Livelihood, Environment, Nutrition and Food. These are the major programs which include the auxiliary/component programs, we are pursuing. These wide-ranging and general scope of activities shall, in one way or another, necessitate legislation, especially in its funding and budgetary support; we are improving and streamlining our educational assistance and support to poor but deserving Bulaneno college students; we are going to build a bigger and better Bulan Health Center and Birthing Facility, and we wish to purchase a Mobile Clinic to serve our far-flung barangays;

2. We need to strengthen and improve on our Peace, Order and Public Safety programs, especially in the areas of anti-illegal drugs program, Traffic Management programs, Disaster Management and Risk-reduction Programs, and the protection of our women, children and the elderly. We shall strengthen our relationship with the Philippine National Police, and when opportunity arises in terms of funds, we shall make necessary provisions and facilities to our police, fire and force-multiplier groups;

3. We shall put more emphasis on our Economic Agenda. I believe that notwithstanding the gains we have, if our constituents do not have gainful employment, much is useless. It is an obligation that we have to look in to. In this regard, the concerns and tasks are daunting, considering our limited resources. But we shall make sure that we shall make strong steps in this area like helping our farmers and fishermen with a Revolving Fund or Capitalization Scheme to improve on their productivity; We shall institutionalize the Municipal Investment Incentive program to attract investors to our town; we shall improve on our technical-vocational training activities for the youth and women sector; strongly coordinate and network with job placement agencies;

It is our plan to institutionalize the Coastal Resource Management Programs as this is vital to the fishing industry of our municipality, through artificial reefs installations, strengthening of the Bantay-Dagat program; and plans for seaweeds production programs.

We want to provide a Bagsakan ng Bayan, or a convergence terminal for all our local products.

We intend to now construct a Poblacion Terminal for all our Tricycles, Pedicabs, and Jeepney and Aircon Vans Sector. This job sector is very important in our growing economy.

And we intend to pursue our Farm-to-Roads programs as we have been wont to do. Our Road Program has been one of the greatest assets of this incumbent Administration. These economic arteries provide the lifeline to and from our barangays. Life has been a lot easier with improved roads, better bridges and all the necessary infrastructures to help our constituents be fully engaged in economic activities, have better access to education, health and social services from the local government;

All we have to do is to be creative and be resourceful in sourcing out ways and means for these local projects.

4. It is our executive plan, that in my third and final term, we hope we shall finally be able to put and set in place a comprehensive Tourism, History and Culture Heritage Development Program. This is a legacy I wish to leave to our next set of leaders and to our people. It is an ardent dream that we can have a Bulan Heritage Museum. History and Culture is the soul of the Tourism Industry. While we have the Padaraw Festival now fully in place, we must let spring forth and let flower the beauty of our identity as a community. A political philosopher once said that our political maturity as a nation or as a community is greatly dependent on our historical maturity. Leaders are poor who have no sense of history and identity. And our people also need to be inspired and be transformed by the lessons of our local history. History is a bond that makes our present and future stronger.

In this regard, we also intend to put in place a concrete program for Poblacion Improvement as the Poblacion is the showcase of the whole town — cleaner and better-looking streets and walkways, a good marketplace and greener surroundings. We have to work hard to clean up and protect our Managa-naga River, which has been an icon of our town. There is a positive psychology in greener, cleaner surroundings, especially in the Poblacion.

5. We need a new Cemetery or Municipal Memorial Park. Our LCR data says that we have an average of 450 deaths a year. This goes along with our burgeoning population. Our cemeteries are now congested and it is time we look for and build a new one to give greater dignity to loved ones who have passed away. And this shall need your greatest support.

On top of all of these plans, we in the Executive Branch would like to inform this Honorable Body, that in line with the Executive implementations of vital ordinances and codes, I think it is necessary that we have to review the following:

A. The Bulan Revenue and Tax Code

B. The Bulan Public Market Code

C. The Bulan Integrated Traffic Management Code

D. The Agriculture and Fisheries Code of Bulan

E. The Municipal Investment Incentives Code

F. The Zoning Ordinance

The Sangguniang Bayan must also come up with the Integrated Safety Code of Bulan and an Investment and Business Code. We must review our Disaster Management Code. It is also a must that the Sangguniang Bayan must work with the Municipal Planning and Development Office in updating the Municipal Socio-Economic Profile. The MSEP is a comprehensive volume of local governance literature that is the very basis of all our development and investment efforts. We cannot do without it.

I wish to also respectfully inform you that I would like to certify as urgent legislative matter the reconstitution of the different LGU organizations like the Local Development Council, the Health Board, the School Board, the Personnel Selection Board, the Municipal Child Protection Council, the Local Peace and Order Council and all the mandated local councils necessary to immediately put in place our tasks and functions in governance.

Also, it has become imperative that with the modern methods of governance, administration and supervision and the complications of local governments, it is necessary that the executive department, together with the legislative branch, must be kept abreast of all department activities. Thus we are planning to go full computerization in our municipal government. We shall network and wire the office of the Local Chief Executive with all our departments. This will make our task of governance, easier, facile and more convenient.

I hope that with Vice-mayor Robles at the helm of this Honorable Body, there will be a new impetus for the Sangguniang Bayan. In other localities, the Sangguniang Bayan is a source of pride and honor for the community. We hope this Council shall be that.

We must have foresight in the next 20 years of governance. Bulan is fast-growing and fast-expanding. The Sangguniang Bayan must come up with a very comprehensive Urban Expansion Program from which we shall initiate our Urban Planning and Development activities.

I hope you will not begrudge me if each one of us shall keep this list as a checklist, and that we keep on checking it so that we shall be able to accomplish them.

“A Public Office is a Public Trust” so we are being constantly reminded, and as the motto of this Council goes that we have to render “Service with Integrity”. So be it.

We are looking to a very productive term of office. During the campaign period, we have promised a lot to our people, and now that we have been endowed with that privilege of service, and power, it behooves all of us to do so as a matter of gratitude to our people. It is a sacred oath, a duty, a call; we cannot turn our backs from.

Once more, congratulations to all of us. Good luck and may God bless us in our endeavors and may God bless our beloved town.  //

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Inaugural Message delivered by Helen C. De Castro

PIO- Bulan

July 2, 2010 at 6:54 am The following is the Inaugural Message delivered by Helen C. De Castro, Re-elected Mayor of Bulan, on the occasion of her Oath taking on June 30, 2010. We shall be posting pictures and other materials of interest at the Bulan website before the end of July 2010.(LGU Bulan PIO)

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Mayor Helen C. De Castro

Bulan, Sorsogon

Inauguration and Oath-taking Ceremony

of Newly- elected Municipal Officials

June 30, 2010/ 4:30 PM

Bulan Freedom Park

INAUGURAL MESSAGE 2010

The Honorable MTC Judge Emmerson Carpio;

Mga bag-o na Miembros san Sangguniang Bayan, sa Pamumuno ni

Vice-Mayor Marnellie B. Robles;

Mga Kapwa Trabahador sa Gobierno, mga Serbidor Publiko;

Mga Bisita;

Sa Entero na mga Kabungto Ko, Mga Pinapadaba na mga Bulaneno:

I. INTRODUCTION:

Dios marhay na banggui tabi sa iyo entero!

Pasalamatan ko mun-a tabi an saato Honorable na MTC Judge Emmerson G. Carpio sa pag-onra niya sa ato niyan na magpasumpa sa amo mga Opisyales. Kaogmahan ko man i-congratulate si Vice-Mayor Marnellie, nan an mga bag-o na Konsehales san Sangguniang Bayan ng Bulan. Congratulations man tabi, nan best wishes sa iyo mga Pamilya, nan an iyo mga kaurupod.

Niyan na adlaw, segun sa mando san ato Konstitusyon, sa entero na gobierno local sa bilog na Pilipinas, kasabay san ato bag-o na mga opiyales nasyonal, may seremonya sin pagsumpa o inagurasyon para sa mga bag-o na elihido na opisyales. Nan didi sa Bungto ta, yaa man kita niyan, nagpapartisipar sa seremonyas na ini, manungod sa destino san padaba ta na bungto, sa paagi namo na hinatagan niyo pagtiwala san nakaagi na eleksiyon. Ini an panahon o tiempo sin paglaom, pagtubod, nan pagpasalamat. As we witness local history unfold before us, and as we aspire to move toward a better destiny, we consider this moment as a moment of hope, faith and gratitude.

II. PAGPASALAMAT:

An una na kamaw-otan ko, nan nato, an pasalamatan an Mahal na Kagurangnan Dios, kay nangyari nan natapos ini na makasaysayan na Eleksiyon 2010 na matoninong nan matrangkilo. Natubod ako na an Mahal na Diyos man gihapon an may gabay sa ato entero. Ini dahilan na kadaghanan sa ato na mga Pilipino, nato na mga Bulanenyo, nangaradyi nan nagmaw-ot sin mayad na ehersisyo political. Sayo ini na karakter nan ugali sin mga taga-Bulan na dapat nato ika-orgulyo nan ikaogma. Ini na nangyari sayo man na regalo sa ato san Mahal na Kagurangnan.

Ikaduwa, ini man an oportunidad na ipahayag ko, sa ngaran man san ako Pamilya, an Pagpasalamat sa iyo entero, lalo na sa mga nagsuporta sa ako, nan sa amo mga Kaurupod sa Partido san Lakas Kampi CMD, dahilan sa pambihira na tiwala na inhatag niyo sa amo. Personalmente, dako-dako na kumpiansa an inhatag niyo sa ako na iboto gihapon bilang Mayor sa bungto ta sa pangtolo nan ultimo ko na turno. Kadaghan san dapat namo pasalamatan, batog sa mga nag-aasikaso sa Party Headquarters , abot sa mga lideres political, sa mga posters boys, pati sa mga volunteers sa barangay, hanggang sa ultimo na botante na, naasikaso man namo o dire, nagpahudam san kanira suporta sa amo.

III. AN NAKAAGI NA KAMPANYA NAN ELEKSIYON:

Dire ko inhuna, nan talagang napangaratan ako, sa pambihira na resulta san ato eleksiyon local. Grabe ka-overwhelming an pagboto niyo sa ako. Nan ini an primero sa kasaysayan san Bulan na an Mayor hinatagan niyo sin pinakadako na mayoriya. San 2004, 16,500 an boto na hinatag niyo; san 2007, 17,400 na boto. Pero niyan na 2010, mas dako-dako na boto an inpaimod niyo sa paagi sin 23,300 na boto. Nan maski pa ngane biriyoon an boto san duwa ko na kalaban sa politika, naglalamang pa gihapon ako sa kanira sin sobra diyes mil na boto. Nan dire lang tabi yuon, binotohan pa niyo an pito sa mga kapartido ko na mga Konsehales, mayoriya na ini sa Sangguniang Bayan. Natubod ako na ini na pagdesisyon niyo niyan sayo na apirmasyon o pagkumporme sa amo pag-administrar san ato bungto.

Dire ko maiwasan sa okasyon na ini, na magpahayag sa iyo na ini na nag-agi na Kampanya nan Eleksiyon, sa pamate ko, mao na an pinaka-emosyonal na Eleksiyon para sa amo. Masasabi ko na mao ini an pinaka-emosyonal, nan nagdara sa amo sin grabe na kamunduan sa dahilan na nakahampang namo an sayo na grupo sin mga kandidato na wara na sin hinimo sa tribuna o entablado kundi isabotahe, pakaraoton nan raw-ayon an pangaran san Pamilya De Castro sa hampang san Publiko sa Bulan. Alagad, tinios mi yuon, pinasensiya, pinatawad, nan dire kami nagbaba sa level nan klase san kanira pamumulitika nan pangampanya. Mas naghurandig nan nagtiwala kami sa pagiging matured san mga taga-Bulan. Mas nagtubod kami sa konsensiyoso na pagtimbang san mga taga-Bulan, nan sa pagdesisyon niyo para sa ato puturo. Personal namo na kaogmahan na dire kamo nadara san klase san kanira pangampanya, alagad lalo niyo pinaimod tabi na habo kirita sini na mga paagi sin politika.

Sa parte po namo na Pamilya De Castro, ini po na pagboto niyo sa ako na makumplehan ko an saako ikatolo na turno, sayo na pagpaimod tabi pambihira na paghatag po niyo na mga taga-Bulan sin pagtiwala nan pagpadaba sa amo. Kun iisipon baga, batog pa kan Guiming nan hasta niyan na turno, onom na na turno na dire niyo kami sinalidahan, nan bihirahonon an irog sini na mga situasyon politika sa ato komunidad. Alagad gusto mi tabi ipaisi sa iyo na dahilan sini na kumpiansa niyo, lalo tabi kami nagpapakumbaba sa iyo. Permi nakatanom sa puso nan isip namo na ini na tiwala inpahudam lang niyo sa amo. Nan aram namo na wara sin bagay na permanente sa kinab-an, lalo na an pagpugol sin autoridad nan poder. Naglilipas nan naglalaos an mga lideres. Importantehon didi na pilosopiya an tungkol sa integridad sin serbisyo publiko.

Sa mga dire nakasabay sa ako dahil sa manlaen-laen na rasones, personal man o politika, inpapaabot ko sa iyo na huyuon tabi an ungod ko na pagrespeto sa derecho nan desisyon niyo. Padagos ako na mahinguha, bilang mayor nan magurang san bungto ta para sa kaayadan san entero. Dire tabi ako Mayor san mga nagsuporta lang sa ako, kundi Mayor tabi ako san entero na taga-Bulan, nan responsibildad ko an kaayadan san entero na taga-Bulan. Padagos ako na mahimo sin paagi, na awt pa man, magkasarabay nan magkasarayo kirita. Kirita-kita na mga taga-Bulan an dalan sa pag-unhan o pag-roro ta; wara iba kundi kirita–kita an madaramayan.

An saiyo tiwala, suporta nan pagsakripisyo sosolian namo sin tunay na pagserbisyo segun san mandando san amo posisyon sa abot san amo makakaya.

IV. PILOSOPIYA POLITIKAL SAN ADMINISTRASYON DE CASTRO:

Sa Administrasyon san De Castro naging pilosopiya political na namo na an ananuman na desisyon, pagmanehar, pag-unhan o pagbabag-o san Komunidad, an dapat na sentro an Tawo, kita na mga Bulaneno. Pagtubod san amo Administrasyon na an kada ciudadano ta may dignidad na dapat irespeto, ipromoter nan paunhanon. Ini sa paagi sin Empowerment o an derecho na makapartisipar sa pagbilog sin mga desisyon para sa bungto ta. Mangyayari yoon sa paagi sin sayo na responsable na paggogobierno. We as leaders, are called to that Social Responsibility and a Concientisized Leadership that shall inspire our people to action and actualize and concretize the potentials of our people and our community.

Sa solod sin dowa na turno o seis anyos na ako an saiyo Mayor, naghinguha an saamo liderato na makaambag nan makadanun sa pagpundar, pagtindog nan pagpatalubo sini na bungto ta. Inaako namo na dire man kami an dahilan kun nano kay progresibo nan mayad an bungto ta. Kamu na mga ciudadano an dahilan kun nano kay progresibo nan mayad an bungto ta. Kami na mga lideres kasangkapan lang na mahatagan direksiyon yoon na progreso nan kaayadan. Magiging arogante kami kun sabihon namo na kami na mga lideres an nagdara sin progreso sa Bulan. Dire tabi. Kamo tabi an dahilan san pagprogreso ta. We leaders are just stewards of the community. This is a fundamental political philosophy that should make us leaders serve with humility.

Sa solod sini na primerong duwa ko na turno, naghinguha an saiyo lingkod, kaupod an Sangguniang Bayan, na makalatag sin mga programa nan mga proyekto na makadanun sa pag-unhan san komunidad ta. Pinulsuhan nato an mga pangangaipo san ato mga ciudadano, both real and perceived, maski ngane baga daghanun an mga limitasyon ta, lalo na sa budget, pondo o rekursos pinansiyal. Pero dire man lang pinansiya an kaipuhan para sa sayo na komunidad, kundi an mayad nan matoninong na pag-urupod-upod nan an pagmantenir sin mas masarig nan matibay na social fabric san mga Bulaneno.

Over the last six years, despite our limitations, our Local Government Unit tried to be as creative and as resourceful in order to meet the needs of our constituents.

V. MGA PLANO SAN GOBIERNO LOKAL, 2010-2013:

Sa aga, Hulyo 1, mabatog na naman an panibag-o na turno san amo Administrasyon. Panibag-o ini na agyat sa amo na mga elihido na lideres, alagad padagos kita na ingigiyahan san bisyon nan misyon nato na makamantenir sin sayo na trangkilo, matoninong nan nagkakasarayo na komunidad, nagbabantay nan nagpopromoter san dignidad san ato mga konstituentes, nagpoprotehir san ato kapalibutan, habang insususog nato an sayo na sustainable development nan progreso san bungto ta, basi mapakay-ad ta an kamutangan san ato mga ciudadano.

An masunod na tolo kataon importante para sa ako sa dahilan na gusto ko man makabilin sin sayo na legasiya sa komunidad ta — legasiya sin tultol, mayad nan de-integridad na serbisyo publiko. Kun anano an naimud niyo na kahigusan nan seryoso na trabaho sini na nakaagi na duwa na turno, mas lalo pa namo inpapangako na maiimudan niyo kami sin mas masigasig, mas maagap na pag-asikaso. Dire tabi mabag-o an klase sin panerbihan namo sa iyo, nan dire mabag-o an klase sin paki-upod namo saiyo.

Onra nan kaogmahan ko, na ilatag niyan sa iyo, an mga plano nan programa san ato Gobierno Lokal sa maabot na tolo kataon, sa paagi san ako Opisina nan Administrasyon.

UNA – Ipapadagos nato an HELEN PROGRAM — Health, Edukasyon, Livelihood o Pagbuhay, Environment nan Nutrisyon. Sa solod sin onom kataon, ini na lima na basic services programs an naging giya ko sa pag-administrar san Bulan. Lalo nato ini i-improve o pakay-adon. Kun ananuman an naging mga kakulangan hihipnuan ta basi lalo maging episyente an delivery ta sin basic services; Sa lado san Edukasyon, naging mainit ini na isyu san nakaagi na Eleksiyon. An ato mga educational programs lalo nato i-institutionalize, pero realistic, segun sa kakayahan ta sa pondo o budget local. Nagpa- preparar na ako sin sayo na komprehensibo na Educational Assistance Program para sa mga poor but deserving Bulaneno College Students basi maka-ayuda sa kanira pag-escuela.

Mapatindog kita sin mas dako na Bulan Health Center nan Birthing Facility didi sa may Barangay Aquino, botnga san 509th Police Station nan Municipio. Isyu baga ini na Pawa Hospital ta, pero dire nato sadire yuon na pasilidad kaya limitado an pagdanun ta doon. Mas masayon na para sa ato an mga emergencies lalo pa na duwa na an Ambulancia ta.

IKADUWA — Lalo ta tabi pakusugon an Peace and Order nan Public Safety Programs. Nagdadako an Bulan, nagdadaghan an papolasyon, mas nagdadako an mga bisita ta sa bungto. Ini sa paagi sin mas mayad nan mas episyente na Traffic Management Program, kumprehensibo na Disaster Management Program, Anti-Illegal Drugs Advocacy, nan Women and Children’s Rights Advocacies;

IKATOLO — Hatagan ta sin mayor na atensiyon an pagpakusog san Ekonomiya ta sa Bulan, sa negosyo, sa pag-oma, pangisda; Hahatagan ta pansin an livelihood trainings ta; techno-vocational skills enhancement programs para sa mga out-of school youths, nan graduates nato; job placement activities kadanon an mga placement agencies. Plano ta na pakusugon nan ma-institutionalize an Coastal Resource Management Programs pareho sin pag-instolar mga artificial reefs sa ato kadagatan basi mag-daghan an isda ta; pakusugon lalo an Bantay-Dagat program; mapaadal kita sa Seaweeds Production kay may resources kita didi; Nan mabutang kita saro na Revolving Fund para sa kapakinabangan san mga paraoma nan mga paraisda. Ipupursige ta na an Investment Incentives activities para sa mga investor sa negosyo didi sa Bulan; Mabutang kita Bagsakan ng Bayan sa may Old Jeepney Terminal sa relanse, para sa mga produkto ta didi sa Bulan; lalo nato mamanteniron an mga Farm-to Market Roads nato — padagos na pag-abri, pagmantenir nan pag-improve suon na mga arterial roads para sa mga kabarangay ta; Nan mahanap kita paagi na maka source out kita mga proyekto pang-imprastraktura, hale kan Governor nan National Government na makadanon sa pagbuhay ta didi sa Bulan.

Dahil wara na kita masyado problema sa Bus Terminal sa Fabrica, popokusan ko naman niyan na didi sa Poblacion mahingayad, mapormal nan mapagayon an paradahan o Terminal san mga paraTraysikol nan Parapadyak, nan kaupod na didi an de-kalidad na Jeepney nan FX Vans Terminal. Sayo ini na sector sin pagbuhay na maw-ot nato na mapamutang man sin mayad.

IKAOPAT — Ipapadagos ta na an sayo na komprehensibo na Tourism, History and Culture Heritage Development Program. Ini na programa sa turismo, historya nan kultura an kalag (soul) sin sayo na komunidad. Pobre kuno an sayo na komunidad na wara labot o pakamangno o pag-intindi sa sadire na kaagi-agi, nan inutil kono an mga lideres na dire nagmamangno sa kasaysayan san kaniya komunidad na mao an sugpon nan giya/guide san presente nan puturo ta. An sabi sin sayo na German Philosopher, na ngaya, a community is only politically mature depending upon its own historical maturity. Mapokus kita sa sayo na comprehensibo na Poblacion Improvement Program kay basi kaaya-aya an ato Poblacion. An Pblacion baga an pinaka-bintana san ato bungto.

IKALIMA — Mahanap na kita, nan kun puwede, makapatindog na sin bag-o na Sementeryo o municipal memorial park, possible sa may Lahong o Beguin o Fabrica, harayo na sa sentro dahilan na may long-term focus ini.

Sa Lunes, Hulyo 5, hihimuon nato an Executive- Legislative meeting sa Inaugural Session san Sangguniang Bayan na inpapamunuan niyan ni Vice- Mayor Marnellie. Imbitado tabi nato an entero na Kapitanes san Bulan nan an mga Department Heads san Municipio kay basi mailatag nato an Executive nan Legislative Agenda para sa masunod na tolo kataon. Didi nakasalalay an magiging direksiyon san ato Gobierno Lokal. An saako Executive Agenda ipapahayag ko sa kanira sa Lunes.

Sa niyan, mas mapapadali na nato na maaraman an mga kaipuhan pangkomunidad nato dahilan sa naipamutang na nato an Community-Based Monitoring System o CBMS, nan an SLGR o State of Local Governance Report. Ini an reference points nato san mga development prospects nato para sa Bulan.

VI. PAGLAOM PARA SA BUNGTO TA:

Sa primerong duwa na turno, may had-it ako na basi kun ikumparar an amo administrasyon sa mga nakaagi na administrasyon, nan dire ko maabot an inlalaom sa sayo na lider. Alagad niyan, yuon na had-it nasalidahan sin mas hararom na kumpiansa, dahilan sa inpaimod nan inpahudam niyo na tiwala sa ako tabi. Niyan, mas inspirado nan mas may pokus nan direksiyon ako dahil sa iyo.

This Inauguration Event is a moment of challenge, and of hope, of faith, and of thanksgiving. As it is necessary, we shall move on to help better the Bulaneno Community, not in a laxed pace, but vigorous and strong, sure and undaunted.

Bilang Lider, aram ko tabi na nakaatang sa ako an magub-at na kargo sin sayo na magurang. Simbagon ko ini dire lang sa iyo kundi sa Mahal na Dios. Simbagon namo ini dire lang sa presente na henerasyon kundi parte man kami na responsable sa kaayadan san maabot na henerasyon nan puturo san bungto ta. An pagdesisyon ta niyan sayo na pagdesisyon sa puturo nan destino ta.

Ini tabi na pagdesisyon niyo na itiwala sa amo an pagrenda san gobierno local ta dire namo sasayangon. Hihirutan mi ini na tiwala, nan papakay-adon namo an pag-asikaso sa obligasyon na inpakargo niyo sa amo.

Pero, aayuon ko gihapon tabi an saiyo mahalagahon na paki-kooperar nan kolaborasyon sa ato Gobierno Lokal. Entero an mga plano nan hihimuon namo wara saysay kun dire tabi niyo kami danunan. Daghanun an gusto namo himuon, pero kaipuhan mi an danun niyo.

An sabi ni Presidente Abraham Lincoln san Amerika, na ngaya, “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time…”. Ngaya, an kadianisan san puturo kay kada adlaw mo lang ini inlalakaw. Simplehon lang ini na kaisipan pero hararomon an kahulugan.

Precioso an kada adlaw kun ini hatagan mo sin puso nan kahulugan. Inpapangako ko sa iyo na hihimuon ko, bilang Mayor niyo, na an kada adlaw magiging adlaw sin serbisyo publiko na may integridad nan may pagmakulog. Padaba ta ini na bungto nan dire ta siya pababayaan.

Magdaranunan nan magkasarayo kita para sa kaayadan san bungto ta. Salamat, nan Dios Mabalos tabi sa iyo entero!    //

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