Poverty alleviation is re-elected Samar’s guv priority

Catbalogan City, Samar – Samar’s re-elected governor, Sharee Ann Tan (NPC), will continue to focus on addressing poverty after receiving fresh mandate from Samar’s electorate in the 9 May 2016 elections. 


The governor said that she will continue to develop the agriculture sector by empowering the farmers in her province. “I will continue helping the farmers and fishermen by providing farm implements and development agriculture infrastructures,” Tan said. 

Tan also said that she will step up her campaign to invite investors to the province so as to provide more employment opportunities to Samarnons. 

Construction of more roads to provide accessibility of goods and services is also among the solutions that the provincial chief came up with after consulting with other local officials. 

Samar is the country’s 14th poorest province with 49.5% of its close to 1-million population falling below poverty threshold. Its economic downtrend nosedived after typhoon Yolanda hit the province in 2013. 

Tan won over Emil Zosa (LP) by wide margin in the elections. Tan had 194,821 votes while Zosa got 133,464. Also proclaimed winner is the governor’s younger brother, Jemboy, who ran for reelection as Vice governor. 

Congresswoman Mila Tan, her mother, of the 1st Legislative District, also regained her seat for the second time. 

Meanwhile, political newcomer Edgar Sarmiento(LP) will take hold Samar’s first congressional district as the winner over Monmon Uy (NPC). 

Sarmiento is the younger brother of Secretary Mel Sarmiento of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Ronald Aquino will also retain his mayoralty seat in Calbayog City after winning the elections.
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