The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte with its thousands of employees gathered at the Gymnasium of Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex to formally end the 59th celebration of founding anniversary of the “The Land of Beauty and Bounty” on July 4, 2018.

With the support of the Municipalities of the Province, Mayors, Vice Mayors, Sangguniang Bayan members as well as Barangay Officials, headed by the Chairmen and members of the Barangay Council including employees have come to show solidarity to the leadership of the Quibranza-Dimaporo in sustaining peace and development through unity of all the constituents.

Also present in the culmination are the employees from the different national offices of region and the province – Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education- Division of Lanao del Norte, the Provincial Auditor’s Office, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Public Works and Highways-1st and 2nd Engineering District, Regional Trial Court-Branch 7,  Commission on Elections, Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, Parole and Probation Administration Office, Public Attorney’s Office, Registry of Deeds, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Health Insurance, National Food Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Land Transportation Office and other partner agencies of the national government.

Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo personally extend her sincerest gratitude to the Municipal Mayors present at the gathering for the continuous support to her administration in delivering basic social services and most  importantly maintaining the peace and order in their respective municipalities for the good of the province and to the general populace.

“I would like to personally extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Mayors of the 22 Municipalities who have supported me throughout the years in sustaining peace in our beloved province. Without your support, it is hard to achieve where we are right now. This is our achievement. Making our beloved province progressive and develop for the good of the people of Lanao del Norte,” Governor Angging addressing the Mayors at the venue.

The Provincial Chief Executive was almost in tears when she points out the six municipalities that will be included in the Bangsamoro Territory. In her words, “Our next year celebration, the 60th Araw ng Lanao del Norte could be an entirely different scenario. During the oath taking ceremony of newly elected barangay officials, I said to the municipalities which are part of BBL, ‘Congratulations and Goodbye.’ Today’s message, I would like to say to them, “Thank you and Goodbye.” While our two Congressmen are still working on the possibility of retaining you as part of Lanao del Norte, allow me to thank you for the support to our leadership since the time of my father. Thank you for playing an active role in making a difference in the life of our constituents. We are keeping our fingers crossed that there will be no goodbye for the six municipalities. But should the inevitable happens, we just hope and pray that you carry with you the progressive and development mindset that you have gained. Continue to work what is best for your people as we continue to work together for the best of Lanao del Norte.”

The three day festivity was a success to which the Provincial Governor had thanked everyone who were part in the preparation and facilitated the activities since day one especially the Armed Forces of the Philippines through Col Robert C. Dauz, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, LTC Ronel P. Manalo Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade and LTC Anton G. Abrina, Commanding Officer of the 4th Mechanized Battalion, and the Philippine National Police under Provincial Director PSSUPT Leopoldo E. Cabanag. Lyndon G. Calica, the new Manager of Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex was particularly mentioned by Governor Angging for a job well done in its operation in restoring the beauty and maintaining the cleanliness and orderly of the sports complex.

1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo, and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo were present in the activity showing support to the leadership of Governor Angging along with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Maria Cristy N. Atay.

Two distinguished guests that are close to the heart of the people of Lanao del Norte have come to join the culmination, Davao City 1st Congressional District Representative and House Committee Chairman on Appropriations, Congressman Karlo Alexie Bendigo Nograles and Congressman Mark Aeron H. Sambar, Party List Representative of Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA).

Both guest pledged support to the programs and projects of the two District Representatives and to the Provincial Government of the Province of Lanao del Norte.

Congressman Nograles promised that he will prioritize allocation of budget for massive infrastructure projects and programs in Lanao del Norte in the 2019 Budget Hearing. And also considering the idea of Congressman Khalid to have a Regional Hospital in the province and he will help local farmers benefit from the coconut levy fund when the Coconut Industry Development Fund will be signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. In addition, Congressman Nograles pronounced that rice farmers will no longer pay irrigation fees.

2nd District Board Member of Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Misamis Occidental, Honorable Dan Navarro was at the audience to witness the conclusion of the three day festivity.

The unity of Muslim and Christian residents is the primary contributory factor that drives the Province of Lanao del Norte towards progress and development to which the people have enjoyed and benefitted, thanks to the good governance and sincere leadership of the Quibranza-Dimaporo. PIO-LDN