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Meeting Cebuanos inspire me – Gov
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia shared that meeting and talking with Cebuanos, especially those living in far-flung barangays, inspire her to continue delivering the best public service to her constituents. (Lito Tecson)

Forty-eight-year old Matilda Donal was giddy and speechless when Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia took time to look at her display of ornamental plants in her home in Sitio Panas, Barangay Sta. Lucia, Asturias, Cebu.

“Gift na lang na Gov, ikaw pa,” an excited Matilda replied as the governor asked how much her pink caladium plant costs. 

The brief but warm exchange is just one of the remarkable moments of how people react to the presence of Governor Garcia whenever she makes a quick stop and talk to people during her provincial sorties.

This time, she, together with her brother Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia visited three towns in Midwest Cebu on December 4 for the inauguration and groundbreaking of road concreting projects in the area. 

In Asturias, the governor inaugurated the first phase of road improvement of the Sta. Lucia-Lunas Road Section worth P23.5 million. Another P21.6 million is allotted for the second phase of the project.

“Sunod tuig mas daghan pa gyud nga mga dalan ang atong sementuhon lakip na ang mga barangay roads. Paspasay nani sama sa gi-ingun ko sa Balamban paspasay na ang trabaho kay gusto ko nga maabot gyud dayon ang maayong dan aron maka bangon na ang katawhan gikan sa kalisud nga giagian ug kalisud sa atong ekonomiya,” she said.

The governor and her sibling both emphasized the importance of building roads as this is the key to a better life.

“Kahibaw ta nga ang maayong dan mao sad ang susi sa maayong kaugmaon natong tanan. Maayo ang atong pag-agi, moarang-arang atong panginabuhi ug maarang-arang atong kinabuhi,” Cong. Garcia said.

“Kanatong tanan, inyo ning kalauman nga maningkamot gyud taman sa ginhawa kining nag-alagad kaninyo nga si Gwen Garcia, kauban ang inyong Congressman PJ, ug pasalamatan nato atong Board Member (John Ismael Borgonia) kay ang Provincial Board maoy nipasar sa budget para niini,” Gov. Garcia expressed.

The governor proceeded to inaugurate the P11.8 million road concreting project in the Manga-Sto. Niño road section in Tuburan. 

To the delight of the residents, she also announced that the Province will continue to concretize the road leading to Barangay Antipolo which connects the towns of Asturias and Tuburan. 

“Ako na gihatagan og instruction ang atong Provincial Engineer si Hector Jamora nga diha-diha dayon atong ipa survey ang usa ka kilometro aron karong tuiga ato na masugdan ang bid out. Hopefully maka-sugod na sa Enero o Pebrero sumpay nana sa Antipolo,” Gov. Garcia said as the residents cheered.

Earlier in the day, the governor was greeted by excited residents in Barangay Cantibas where she inaugurated 10 barangay road sections, namely Cabasiangan, Cantibas, Matun-og, Duangan, Luka, Bayong, Ginatilan, Vito, Magsaysay and Singsing with an amount totaling almost P10 million. 

Public school teachers also joined residents in Barangay Cantibas in welcoming the governor who first visited the barangay almost a decade ago.

Garcia said the warm welcome that residents give her every time she visits them in her sorties have kept her inspired to continue her avowed commitment to serve and improve the lives of Cebuanos. 

“Mao man gyud ni ang labaw nga makahatag nako og kalipay sa tanan nga buluhaton pagka-gobernador. Kini alang ka nako dili trabaho, kini maoy magda nako og tukmang kalipay ug maghatag og labaw nga inspirasyon nga magpadayon gyud og tabang kaninyong tanan kay tungod ninyo nahimo ko’ng gobernador,” she said.

Meanwhile, Matilda could not contain her gratitude when she received P500 for her pink caladium. 

“Grabe gyud nga kalipay nga naabot si Gov mismo sa among tugkaran! Salamat, ako gyud ni gamiton para palit og pagkaon,” she said as she expressed her gratitude for simply being able to see the governor and shake her hands. (Vanessa L. Almeda)