NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Aug. 23 (PIA) -- Notwithstanding the threats to her life and the more than 10-kilometer rugged terrain, the local chief executive of Moises Padilla town brought the government closer to the people.
Moises Padilla town Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo led the distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from far-flung sitios of Barangay Quintin Remo, tagged by the military as "rebel-influenced."
"I survived an ambush and it is no longer that easy for me to go out just anywhere but still, we are here to talk to you. We are one with President Rodrigo Duterte in his "Whole-of-Nation" approach kind of governance," Yulo told about 300 residents in a spontaneous forum in Sitio Santo-santos of the town.
According to Yulo, Sitio Santos-santos was chosen to be the site of CLOA distribution because it signifies that peace is starting to reign again after an encounter in the area prior to the elections this year.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Pelagion Artus, Jr. of the Department of Agrarian Reform said there were 155 CLOAs distributed to 64 ARBs from the 102 hectares of the Marina Montilla-Garcia landholding, who happens to be the great grandmother of Mayor Yulo.
Aside from DAR, Yulo also brought representatives from the government agencies like agriculture, health, engineering, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to listen to the plight of the communities of Quintin Remo.
"We wanted you to feel that as your elected local officials we are here and we wanted our presence felt. We want to listen to you because we want to have a progressive and peaceful place for you," Yulo assured her constituents. (LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)