by Flor Jackson
Naval, Biliran (May 11) — The province of Biliran turns 16 as it marks its provincehood anniversary Sunday, May 11.
The provincial government under the leadership of Governor Rogelio Espina has lined-up various activities to highlight the observance of the occasion.
The activities of the celebration were formally opened with a motorcade around the poblacion of Naval on Thursday, May 8 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning. The motorcade was participated in by the officials and employees of the provincial government of Biliran, the local government units, the national government agencies, the non-government organizations, other private organizations and the general public.
This was followed by the opening of the basketball and volleyball tournament for the first district at the Almeria gymnasium.
The opening program immediately followed at 9:00 o’clock in the morning.
In his message during the opening program, Gov. Espina indicated his wish and hope that there will be unity and solidarity among people in this province as he urged every Biliranon to be solid and be united for the development of the province. “In my last two years as governor of the province of Biliran, I hope we can have more programs that will bring the province more towards development “he said.
He added that starting in the year 2003 up to the present, there was a marked improvement of the agriculture, fishery, health and other sectors that have contributed much to the development of Biliran.
The openign program was immediately followed by the opening of the agro-industrial fair. The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Gov. Espina and Director Leo Caneda of the Department of Agriculture in the region (DA) with the provincial government officials.
The Agro-Industrial Fair was participated in by the eight municipalities of Biliran that displayed the best produce from their agricultural farm, cottage industry and other local products, the national government agencies which also displayed some IEC materials and other items that highlight the services of the agency to the clients in their individual display booth at the capitol compound.
The private organizations and cooperatives likewise displayed their unique products made of indigenous materials in their booth.
Highlighting the opening of the agro-industrial fair was the “pinaka contest” of the best, the biggest and the most unique agricultural products from the participating municipalities. The “pakwan (water melon) eating contest”, which was the most sought of contest on the opening day because of the extraordinarily sweet pakwan (water melon) the contestants have to eat, forms part of the activities of the agri fair opening.
A Dog Show was conducted at the capitol compound in the afternoon of the opening day. Dogs of different breeds were made to perform tricks by the dog owners to the delight of the Biliranon who were there to watch the canine show.
Other major highlights of activities leading to the celebration of the provincehood anniversary were the Search for Miss Biliran 2008 and the 3rd Rogelio Espina Galing Mo Awards (GMA).
The grand celebration of the 16th Provincehood Anniversary of Biliran, tomorrow, May 11 will be started with a civic parade at 7:00 o’clock in the morning around poblacion Naval. The parade participants are the officials and employees of the provincial government of Biliran, local government units of the eight municipalities of the province, national government agencies, non-government organizations, and the general public.
The parade will be followed by the anniversary program, then follows the awarding ceremony and the distribution of garden tools, power sprayer, seedlings of varieties of fruit trees other kinds of seedlings and tilapia fingerlings to all the eight muncipalities of the province.
The cooperative Development Authority (CDA) will also distribute Dagdag Puhunan sa Pangkabuhayan to identified recipients in the province while the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will give P500,000 credit line to SAPARI Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
Special awards will be given by the provincial government to the EVRAA 2008 Gold Medalists and the Natinal Achievement Test (NAT) Top Achievers from the province of Biliran.
The 16th Provincehood Anniversary celebration of Biliran carries the theme “Kakugi ug Pagtinabangay: Susi sa Kalamboan ug Katingusbawan”. (PIA-Biliran)