NINE YEARS AGO, UPON MY ASSUMPTION AS GOVERNOR OF THIS PROVINCE, THE FIRST TIME I ENTERED THE CAPITOL AS GOVERNOR, AMONG THE SIGHTS TO BEHOLD IS THE IMPRESSIVE CAPITOL.

THE ARTISTIC AND STRIKING VIEW AS YOU TRAVEL FROM THE LION’S MARKER AT CAPITOL DRIVE ON YOUR WAY UP HERE, IT EVOKES A DIFFERENT FEELING, A NEW EXPERIENCE THAT INSPIRES.

THE BUILDING’S DESIGN SPEAKS MUCH OF A RICH HISTORY AND HERITAGE. IT INCITES A FEELING OF REFUGE AND SHELTER.

THIS SIGHT TO BEHOLD IS THE ONE THAT REMAINS DEEPLY ETCHED IN MY HEART.

Governor Herminia De Mesa Ramiro and incoming Governor Philip Tan

THREE MORE DAYS LEFT AND THE TIME TO LEAVE THE CAPITOL AS YOUR GOVERNOR COMES.

AND AS IT DRAWS NEAR, I FEEL AMBIVALENT. SOMEHOW SAD, TUNGOD KAY MUBIYA AKO SA MGA TAWO NGA DAKO KAAYO UG PARTE SA AKONG PANAHON DINHI SA KAPITOLYO.

SAD, BECAUSE I WILL BE LEAVING THE PLACE WHICH IS TRULY SPECIAL TO ME FOR 9 YEARS.

SA LAING BAHIN, MALIPAYON USAB AKO.

BECAUSE, I REALIZE, AT TWILIGHT, I MADE MY LIFE MATTER MORE TO THE PEOPLE AROUND.

JUST LIKE THE CAPITOL, YOU WOULD MARVEL AT HOW, AT SOME POINT IN THE LIVES OF MISAMISNONS, I HAVE BECOME THEIR MUCH-NEEDED REFUGE, NEEDED SHELTER AND THAT REFRESHING SIGHT TO DRAW MUCH HOPE AND INSPIRATION FROM.

THE CAPITOL WILL ALWAYS BE HOME FOR ME.

KARONG ADLAWA, IPAABOT NAKO KANINYONG TANAN ANG AKONG KINASINGKASING NGA PAGPASALAMAT SA INYONG MAAYONG PAGDAWAT KANAKO ISIP INAHAN SA PROBINSIYA SULOD SA SIYAM KA TUIG.

SALAMAT SA INYONG SUPORTA UG MAAYONG PAGPANARBAHO. NINE YEARS WOULD HAVE BEEN SO DEMANDING AND STRESSFUL WITHOUT YOUR SINCERE COOPERATION.

THIS MORNING, WE ARE HAVING THIS CEREMONY AS THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT MAKES THE TRANSITION TOWARDS A NEW ADMINISTRATION.

THIS CEREMONY INVESTS IN THE HIGHEST OFFICIAL OF THE PROVINCE WITH THE CARE OF THE PROVINCE, AND THE PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITY OF LEAVING IT BETTER THAN WHEN HE TOOK IT IN HAND.

I HAVE KNOWN GOVERNOR-ELECT PHILIP TAN FOR MANY YEARS.

HE HAS COMPETENCE, INTEGRITY AND A STRONG FAITH, AND HE IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCE THE WELL-BEING OF OUR PROVINCE.

HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGHOUT HIS YEARS OF SERVICE AS MAYOR OF TANGUB CITY ARE EXTENSIVE AND VARIED.

ON BEHALF OF THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, I GIVE MY BEST WISHES TO MY SUCCESSOR, GOVERNOR-ELECT PHILIP T. TAN.

I EXPRESS MY FULL CONFIDENCE IN HIS CAPACITY TO CARRY ON. MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS.

I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE.

EACH OF THE ELECTED GOVERNORS – WE TREAD ALONG THE STEPS ONCE TAKEN BY GOVERNORS WHO CAME BEFORE US.

AND, WHILE DESTINY GIVES US A SHARED DESTINATION, THE EXPANSIVE SPACE OF THE JOURNEY GIVES EACH OF US THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OUR OWN PATHS.

PEOPLE MAY LOOK AT IT IN VARIED PERSPECTIVES. BUT, ULTIMATELY, IT BOILS DOWN TO THE FACT THAT EVERY SINGLE ADMINISTRATION IS UNIQUE.

EACH ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING A DIFFERENT JOURNEY BUT HEADED IN THE SAME DIRECTION – FOR THE LOVE OF OUR PROVINCE, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL.

I HAVE CREATED PATHS AND DIRECTIONS WHICH PAVED THE WAY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS OF MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, JUST AS GOVERNOR PHILIP TAN, WILL ALSO CREATE HIS OWN PATH.

BUILDING A TRULY DEVELOPED PROVINCE IS AN EXACTING AND ENDLESS ENDEAVOR.

NO ONE PERSON CAN BUILD THE ENTIRE EDIFICE. ALL THAT HE IS CALLED UPON TO DO IS TO ADD A FINE STONE TO THAT EDIFICE.

SO THAT, THOSE WHO SHALL COME AFTER HIM, MAY ADD OTHER FINE STONES THAT WILL GO FOR A STRONGER STRUCTURE.

AS I TURN OVER THE REIGNS OF GOVERNANCE, I PRAY THAT GOD WILL STRENGTHEN THE HANDS OF ALL THE WORKERS FOR THE GOOD WORK AHEAD.

WE ARE MADE TO THINK THAT IN ORDER TO SUCCEED, WE HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN ANY OTHER ELSE.

WHEN IN FACT, THE MOST SUCCESSFUL LEADER IS ONE WHO HAS MADE MANY OTHERS SUCCESSFUL.

I AM BLESSED IN MANY WAYS, MUCH SO BECAUSE, THE PGMO HAS EXCELLENT WORKERS.

INVEST IN THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE ASSETS TO OUR LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE. THEY HAVE SHOWN UNQUESTIONABLE LOVE TO ME AS THEIR GOVERNOR, JUST AS THEY WOULD PROVIDE THE SAME RESPECT, COMMITMENT AND LOYALTY TO THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION.

THE LAST ELECTION CAUSED SO MUCH STRAIN – IN FRIENDSHIPS AND WORKING RELATIONSHIPS.

POLITICS DOESN’T CHANGE WHO YOU ARE BUT, IT REVEALS WHO YOU ARE.

AS I TAKE A BOW AS THE MOTHER OF THE PROVINCE, I URGE ALL OUR LEADERS, NOW IS THE TIME TO MOVE FORWARD AS ONE.

THE TASK OF HEALING AND BUILDING BRIDGES IS CHALLENGING BUT THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO DO IT THAN NOW.

I PRAY AND HOPE THAT ALL OUR LEADERS WILL UNITE AS ONE – IN PRIORITIES, IN VALUES AND COMMITMENTS AND UNITE AS ONE FOR LOVE OF OUR BELOVED MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL.

TO THE PEOPLE OF MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, OUR WORTH IS NOT FOUND IN THIS WORLD. IT CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN GOD. FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, DAGHAN KAAYONG SALAMAT KANINYONG TANAN.

SA MGA ELECTED PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS SULOD SA TULO NAKO KA TERMINO FROM 2010 TO 2019, SA MGA MAYORS, VICE-MAYORS, MGA KONSEHAL UG TANANG MGA BARANGAY KAPITAN, SALAMAT SA MGA PANAHON NGA NAKASANDIG AKO KANINYO.

SA TANANG PARTNERS SA PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT LIKE AUSTRALIAN AID, NGOs AND CIVIL SOCIETIES, NATIONAL PARTNER AGENCIES ESPECIALLY DOH, DILG, DEPED, TOURISM AND DTI, TESDA, CSC, DA, RELIGIOUS AND ACADEME SECTORS, BUSINESS SECTOR, PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE, THE PHILIPPINE ARMY UG ANG TANAN NGA WALA NA NAKO MA MENTION, YOU ARE ALL INSTRUMENTAL IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GO HERMIE BLUEPRINT OF GOVERNANCE.

SA TANANG PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS, THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH.

I WILL PRAY THAT GOD WILL ALWAYS, ALWAYS AND ALWAYS BLESS YOU.

GOODBYE MAY SEEM FOREVER. FAREWELL IS LIKE THE END, BUT IN MY HEART IS THE MEMORY AND THERE, MY BELOVED MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, THERE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE.

MABUHAY ANG MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL!

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