May 10th, 2011
By: Flor Jackson
NAVAL, Biliran – The three-day celebration of the 19th Provincehood Anniversary of Biliran was formally opened on Monday, May 9 in a grand opening ceremonies held at the provincial capitol grounds in Brgy. Calumpang, Naval, Biliran.
The ceremony at 8:00 o’clock in the morning was started with a motorcade around the main thoroughfares of poblacion Naval featuring the candidates of the Search for Mr. and Miss Biliran 2011 representing the eight municipalities of Biliran province and the candidates of the Biliran Got Talent.
The short program to formally open the festivities immediately followed the motorcade.
In his welcome address, Governor Gerardo “Gerryboy” Espina, Jr. thanked the Biliranons to include the provincial government officials and employees, heads of national government agencies, local government unit (LGU) officials and employees for joining the provincial government in mind and heart as it marked it’s 19th provincehood anniversary celebration.
To keep the Biliranons updated of what’s going to happen in the next three days of the celebration, Governor Gerryboy read the activities of the occasion from Day 1, May 9 until Day 3, May 11 which is the grand celebration and the anniversary when the Biliran first became a separate province of Leyte in May 11, 1992, some 19 years ago.
Congressman Rogelio Espina of the lone district of Biliran and the guest of honor could not make it to the opening ceremonies of the celebration because of a very important commitment.
However, his inspirational address to the Biliranons was read by his son, Gerard Roger Espina who is also the chief of staff of the Office of the Congressman, lone district of Biliran.
He said that as member of the House of Representatives and a doctor by profession, he will provide the Biliranons more access to various health programs.
He added, he will strengthen the promotion of maternal health in Biliran province.
Furthermore, he said, he will sponsor a bill to put a Philhealth pharmacy in hospitals.
His support by providing good education to the youth in the province will continue through his scholarship programs.
Congressman Espina said, this year, in tandem with Biliran Governor Gerryboy Espina, Jr., he has lined up an array of activities for the development of the Biliranons.
More opportunities, he said, will be given to the Biliranons especially the jobseekers with the conduct of more jobs fair.
He thanked their partners in the private sector for helping them in the development of Biliran province and its people.
To cap the opening ceremonies, the symbolic releasing of doves and balloons which symbolizes peace, unity and cooperation led by Governor Gerry Boy Espina and Gerard Roger Espina was done. They were assisted by the provincial officials, heads of national government agencies and LGU officials and other guests.
The celebration of the 19th Provincehood Anniversary of Biliran this year is anchored on theme “Panaghius ug Pagtinabangay: Dalan sa Paglambo sa Atong Hinigugmang Probinsya…”. (FEJ/PIA-Biliran)
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