BANGUED, Abra—Gov. Eustaquio “Takit” Bersamin who is serving his last term as chief executive of his province said in his inaugural speech that he is devoting his third term in office to reducing poverty in Abra.
During his speech on Friday, Bersamin said his victory was also the victory of the people of Abra whose right to suffrage was protected during the last elections because “even Abrenio politicians speak the language of dignity, and most especially fortitude, in the name of peace in the province.”
He said poverty has spawned other societal ills in the province, most especially violence and the culture of lawlessness.
Economic development, Bersamin said, is a daunting job which the Office of the Governor and even the whole provincial government of Abra cannot undertake on its own. He asked all government office heads, including the province’s 27 mayors, to support the “total change in the nature and perception of the province.”
“We desperately need your support and cooperation. We will develop a better framework for interagency cooperation in the province, because economic development is a gargantuan task and inevitably requires heavy investment and the coordination of our efforts and resources.
Genuine partnership and collaboration shall be the new language of our operations in the next three years,” the governor said.