Eastern Samar Election 2016: Government Performance and Stage Performance

Congressman Ben Evardone (LP) and Governor Conrado Nicart, Jr. (LP) still enjoy the trust and confidence of the electorate as 2016 election campaign comes close with barely two (2) weeks to go. 

Cong. Evardone, Gov. Nicart, Ex-Mayor Annaliz Kwan and Ex-Commissioner Libanan

The two incumbent highest officials of the province are both seeking their third and final term in their respective offices. Nicart is being challenged by former Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan (NP) while Evardone is being tried to be unseated by former Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Kwan (NP). 

Vice Governor Marcelino Picardal (LP) is secured to reclaim his seat as the Sanguniang Panlalawigan’s Presiding Officer as he is practically running unopposed. 

The contenders are all performers. Congressman Evardone, in his two-term stint as congressional representative of the Lone District of Eastern Samar has so far filed more than a hundred House Bills and House Resolutions fulfilling his obligation as legislator. 10 of these Bills had already been turned into laws of the land. 

Evardone’s social obligation with the people of Eastern Samar was proven binding upon him when he brought approximately P2 billion worth of infrastructure and service delivery projects and programs spread in various government agencies. Among the highlights of his achievements are the pavement projects of all national highways in the province covering around 250 kilometers of road networks. The road rehabilitations made is in response to his verbal contract with the people when he assured the public that he will give due diligence to the roads being a huge election issue in 2010 when he first ran as congressman against Teodolo Coquilla. 

The number of scholars in all campuses of Eastern Samar State University as shown in the university’s raw data has already reached to almost 13,000. Combined to the scholarship program being carried out by Gov. Nicart through the provincial government, benefitted students should reach to close to 20,000 since 2011, an unprecedented education development thrust in the history of Eastern Samar. Translated, that’s 20,000 souls given the opportunity to graduate and land jobs so they can help their respective families. Around 200 are already professional workers already. 

The biggest challenge so far that the incumbent congressman and governor tandem was the Yolanda tragedy. The strongest typhoon recorded to make a landfall, Yolanda (Haiyan), wreaked havoc in many parts of Central Philippines on November 8, 2013. Unfortunately, Eastern Samar was at the forefront of the disaster. 

The two-term lawmaker, who was tending to his sick wife at the hospital at that time, had to rush to Eastern Samar by all means available just to see for himself the magnitude of situation. After two days of failed attempts, finally he was able to get a view of the severity of the destruction on a helicopter. He was the first government responder in Eastern Samar. The national government’s humanitarian and rehabilitation responses were basically engaged from the context on how Evardone saw the province. His timely action resulted in the outpouring of rehabilitation interventions to the province to include evacuation centers, flood controls, sea walls, school buildings, health centers, government centers, housing projects and livelihood programs. 

The establishment of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) was among the biggest achievement of Gov. Nicart. After a persistent humanitarian action during and after Yolanda onslaught, the provincial government has even strengthened to higher level its disaster preparedness putting more fund to it on top of its 5% calamity fund. 

Gov. Nicart brought the province to a high level of governance when it was awarded the Seal of Good Houskeeping for implementing the full disclosure policy of the government and attaining a sound fiscal management. In other words, Nicart's administration adhere to the transparency thrust of the government.

Former Commissioner Libanan, meanwhile, is also a performer. He was finely introduced into local political arena as a guitar artist. He sustained his popularity as stage performer. His government service meanwhile miserably failed to arouse the trust of the people with piles of graft and corruption allegations associated with him. The latest of it is his supposed inclusion in the Napoles List or names of lawmakers who reportedly conspired with Janet Napoles and diverted billions of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to ghost projects and non-government organizations. Napoles is under arrest while her list is now in the possession of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. 

Opposing Evardone for the second time is Guiuan’s ex-mayor Annaliza Kwan. Her name was very popular in the province at the height of mining proliferation her municipality. She is also known for her teary performance on and off the stage. But her family’s post-Yolanda performance took the ire of Guiananons when her brother, incumbent mayor Sheen Gonzales, was implicated in a multi-million plunder case on alleged extremely overpriced government infrastructures in his municipality. He is a son-in-law of Libanan. 

Eastern Samareños are said to be among the rare intelligent voters in this part of the country. Definitely, they will select the best candidates who will truly bring about continued development thrusts based on “performance.”
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