Joint Eastern Samar PPOC-PDC backs creation of Samar Region

Borongan City – Members of both Provincial and Peace and Order and Provincial Development Councils unanimously favored the endorsement of the Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) resolution appealing President Benigno Aquino III to issue an executive order creating Samar Island as a separate administrative region during the recently conducted joint council meeting at Provincial Capitol, this city. 
NORTH AND EAST POLITICAL BIGWIGS MEET - (l-r) Cong. Ben Evardone (Lone District, Eastern Samar), Gov. Jun Ong (Northern Samar), Cong. Emil Ong (2nd Dist, Northern Samar) and Gov. Conrado Nicart, Jr. (Eastern Samar). SNP File Photo

Governor Conrado Nicart, Jr., chair of both councils, said that the people of Eastern Samar share with fellow Samareños a common aspiration to achieve better economic development in the island. 

Samar Island is comprised of three provinces – Eastern Samar, Samar (Western Samar) and Norther Samar. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) puts the three provinces among the top ten (10) poorest provinces in the country in its 2015 statistical release. 

The SIPPAD, convened by the Diocese of Calbayog, Catarman and Borongan, during its 31st assembly, in its resolution said that there are compelling reasons that the divide of Samar and Leyte into separate regions will benefit the provinces of the two islands. 

Mayor Emiliana Villacarillo of Dolores town said that development programs usually are concentrated in Leyte areas as the centers of government agencies are located in Leyte. 

The Provincial Planning Development Office (PPDO) of Eastern Samar, through Samson Nerves, said that for 43 years under Region 8, Samar provinces have not prospered compared to the three provinces in Leyte. He said that there is now a commitment to manage Samar’s own resources to benefit the people of Samar. 

The provinces of Samar and Northern Samar have already passed resolutions supporting the same SIPPAD resolution. The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Eastern Samar Chapter passed a separate endorsement for the creation of Samar Island.
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