Gov Nicart, Vice Gov Picardal, Eastern Samar SP members sworn to office

Borongan City, Eastern Samar – Eastern Samar Governor Conrado Nicart Jr., Vice Governor Marcelo Ferdinand Picardal and members of the Sanguniang Panlalawigan were officially sworn in to office on 30 June 2016 at the Capitol Lobby, this city.

Gov. Nicart, takes his oath presided by Judge Baldono. Nicart is flanked by his wife, San Policarpo Mayor Thelma Uy-Nicart (4th from right) and namesake Vice Mayor Conrado Nicart III (2nd from right). (BMA)

Gov. Nicart will be serving his third and final term while Picardal will be on his second term as the second highest official of the province. Nicart and Picardal both belong to the Liberal Party. 

Evardone was not able to make it to the activity as he is attending a gathering on climate change in the United States in relation to his position as Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Climate Change in the House of Representatives. 

The governor won by landslide over his rival former Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Marcelino Libanan. Libanan was a former ally of Nicart but parted ways after a change in the province’s political landscape when Nicart decided to enter into a unification move with Congressman Ben Evardone of the Lone District of the province also of Liberal Party, and ultimate ran against the latter in the 2016 National and Local elections. 

Vice Gov. Picardal said that the economic pull down in the province was a critical factor in the unification move with all parties agreeing that the social problem will not be solved unless they come together and set aside political differences. 

During his inaugural speech, Picardal narrated that he did not hesitate to reach out to the two-termer governor then right after Yolanda struck in Eastern Visayas after the prodding of Evardone to befriend the governor on the ground that there were too much to be done to bring about recovery from the battered and economically ill province. 

“We have to set aside our political aspirations and interests and focus instead in bringing the province from downfall,” Picardal recalled Evardone saying to him. The unification later became popular as ENP Team referring to the surnames of Evardone, Nicart and Picardal. 

The merger, while intended to provide a focused government interventions to the province, is being attributed too by Nicart and Picardal as explanation to the overwhelming victory the ENP achieved in the 9 May elections. 

Nicart got 133,576 votes lambasting his former ally Libanan who only got 79,629. Picardal, meanwhile practically ran unopposed getting 136,735 votes. 

Evardone, meanwhile made a landslide victory with 130,588 in his second match-up against ex-Guiuan mayor Annaliz Kwan. 

Nicart, during his speech said that he is thankful for the sincere support of the electorate providing them fresh mandate to serve as provincial officials in the next three years. 

“Kasumpay hini, paglaum kamo nga amon ini pagsusuklian hin maupay ngan tangkod nga pan-gobyernohan (With this, rest assured that we will return it with effective and truthful governance),” the provincial head expressed. 

Nicart said that he will continue the programs and projects that had been put in place already particularly the ones that address the problem on poverty. 

He said he will continue to focus on job generation, agricultural development, improved medical services, peace and order especially on erradicating illegal drugs, and disaster preparations. 

Meanwhile, members of the Sanguniang Panlalawigan of Eastern Samar were also sworn into office. Those who took their oath were: 

First District: 
  1. Atty. Celistino Cabato 
  2. Joji Montallana 
  3. Atty. Byron Suyot 
  4. Karen Alvarez 
  5. Anabelle Capito 

Second District: 
  1. Jonas Abuda 
  2. Gorgonio Cabacaba 
  3. Nestonette Cablao 
  4. Maricor Sison Goteesan 
  5. Jaime Ty 

Meanwhile, the governor urged on everybody to continue supporting the united efforts of their provincial leaders to ensure a better future of the people of Eastern Samar. 

Vice Gov. Picarda, takes his oath presided by Judge Baldono. Picardal is flanked by his parents and children. (BMA)
Oath taking of Eastern Samar SP Members, 1st Dist (l-r): Atty. Cabato, Montallana, Atty. Suyot, Karen Alvarez and Capito. (BMA)

Oath taking of Eastern Samar SP Members, 2nd Dist (l-r): Cabacaba, Sison-Goteesan, Ty, Cablao and Abuda. (BMA)

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