Local government officials, civil society organizations, and members of the media convened as Caraga hosted the first leg of “Kasama sa Pamana: Regional Pre-SONA Series” on April 15, 2021 in the Agusan del Norte Capitol Covered Court, Butuan City.
Kasama sa Pamana aimed to inform the public of the major accomplishments of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Administration since 2016 as well as the plans for the remainder of his term.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, as Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security, graced the event. He was also joined by Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera and Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada.
In his message, CabSec Nograles shared that the event serves as a comprehensive prequel for the President’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 26, 2021. He also assured the people that despite the ongoing health crisis, the government is sternly working to serve the Filipino people.
DILG Caraga Regional Director (RD) Lilibeth A. Famacion served as the moderator for the presentation of accomplishments and question-and-answer portion. As the Technical Working Group Chairperson and Head Secretariat of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC), RD Famacion thanked the national government for the unwavering support and guidance in all of the efforts of the regional government which made Caraga rise from its humble roots.
The keystone accomplishments of the present administration in the areas of economic and development, infrastructure, human development and poverty reduction, participatory governance, security, justice and peace, and climate change adaptation, mitigation, and disaster risk reduction were presented in the form of an audio-visual presentation.
The most notable accomplishments of the government in Caraga region were also shown which includes the Masao Port improvement project, land tenure security program, agrarian justice delivery program, agrarian reform beneficiaries’ development and sustainability program, and the implementation of the COVID-19 adjustment measures program.
Likewise, Dr. Dioharra Appari of the Department of Health - Caraga presented the COVID-19 situation in the region where she impressed that the cases in the region are rising. However, contact tracing has also been intensified in several areas which now includes up to the second generation of close contacts.
Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office closed the event with a virtual message by guaranteeing the public that the President is always working for what is best for the country.
The next leg of Kasama sa Pamana will take place in Legazpi, Albay on April 22, 2021.