Gov. Ed Gadiano: “Wag sana kayong ma-culture shock”

The Provincial Government of Occidental Mindoro could face a shake down and heads may roll with the entry of Gov. Ed Gadiano after winning the 2019 gubernatorial race against now former Gov. Mario Gene Mendiola.

Gov. Ed Gadiano made the remark in his acceptance speech during the transition of leadership and formal turnover of Occidental Mindoro Provincial Capitol documents, June 24, as he inquires on the financial health of the Provincial government.

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Turning over of transition documents from Gov. Gene Mendiola to Gov. Ed Gadiano.

Receiving the documents, he amplified his eagerness to review how the Capitol looks like from the inside.

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“Ito yung talagang hinihintay namin para kahit paano mareview natin ano ba talaga ang dadatnan natin dito sa Kapitolyo. Kasi hangga’t wala ito ay hindi natin makikita ang buong hitsura”.

Gov. Ed Gadiano

Calling the attention of Provincial Treasurer Office, he then followed it up with a query on the Capitol’s available cash, setting aside Trust Fund and national budget allocation, as he lay down his intention to address the latter’s financial obligations if there’s any.

“Gusto ko lang malaman. Magkano ba yung cash availability pa natin? Kay Treas. As of now”, Gov. Gadiano asked. (I just want to know. How much is our available cash as of now?)

“Kasi, syempre alam ko na may mga payables tayo.. Kailangan mabayaran natin yan. Naghihintay ang mga yan talagang mandatory na bayaran”, he added. (I know we have payables. We should be able to pay them. They’re waiting. It’s mandatory that we pay them.)

Speaking in behalf of the Treasurer Office, a representative from the latter however assured Gov. Gandiano that they have paid and have updated the mandatory financial obligations of the Capitol.

Relieved, Gov. Gadiano continued and informed everyone that he may use the leadership style he promoted in the Municipality of Sablayan where he served for three (3) consecutive terms as Mayor before edging out Mendiola.

“May mga templates kami sa munisipyo ng Sablayan na siguradong madadala ko dito in terms of good governance”. (We have templates in Municipality of Sablayan which I can bring here in terms of good governance.)

“Huwag sana kayong ma-culture shock, ito na yung nakasanayan namin sa bayan ng Sablayan”, he went on saying. (I hope you won’t get culture shocked. We’re used to it in Sablayan.)

Participatory Leadership

Gov. Gadiano started his political career as a Barangay Chairman. He was then elected as Sangguniang Bayan member, as Vice Mayor, and then finally as Mayor of the Municipality of Sablayan finishing three terms within the span of uninterrupted nine years. Having learned the dynamics of local governance and how to make it work, he asked for the cooperation of all Department Heads present, likewise encouraging them to be vocal with their ideas for the betterment of Occidental Mindoro.

“Yung gusto rin natin ay working departments. Lahat magtatrabao.” (I want a working departments. Everyone should work.)

In return, he offered his participatory style of leadership.

“Magiging participatory ako sa planning at tsaka sa decision making. Kung may mga mas magandang idea kayo kaysa dun sa idea ko, sabihin nyo lang. At mas papakinggan ko ang idea nyo kung mas maganda”, he said. (I’ll be participatory in planning and decision making. If you have better idea, just tell me. I’ll listen to your idea if I finds it better than mine.)

“At nakikita ko naman na yung ilang problema ay manageable naman. Nandyan naman kayo lahat, mga Department Heads, lalo na yung Local Finance Committee. Tulungan nyo ako. At ia-address natin yung mga problema”, he further explained. (As I see it, I find some problems manageable. You’re all here, the Department Heads, specially the Local Finance Committee. Help me and we will address the problems.)

Early Budget And Plans

Gov. Gadiano and Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro, together with elected members of Sangguniang Panlalawigan, will have their Ceremonial Oath Taking on July 1 after the Flag Ceremony at the Capitol. On that same day, he will officially resume his mandate as Occidental Mindoro’s governor. With that in mind, he intends to work immediately with sectoral planning.

“By July 1, sa Flag Ceremony, sama-sama pa rin kami ni Vice Governor at elected Board Members. Sama-sama kaming mag-oath taking. Sa harap pa rin ng mga empleyado. At pagkatapos nun, by Tuesday, meron silang Session. Kung kaya na ng DILG, ng (July) 3, magkakaroon tayo ng Sectoral Planning. Umpisahan na natin kahit dito lang muna. Kailangang makatapos tayo sa sector plans para may basis tayo”, he said. (By July 1, together with Vice Governor and elected Board members, we will have out oath taking before the employees. After that, by Tuesday, they’ll have their session. And if possible, if we can, with DILG, we will have Sectoral Planning by July 3. We should be able to start and finish the sector plans to have basis with our plans.)

He also looks forward to have the 2020 Budget submitted to Sangguniang Panlalawigan as early as October and have it approved by December, seeking the assistance of Vice Gov. Peter Alfaro.

Áng target sana kung kaya natin, by October ay kaya na natin isubmit yung budget. At nasa kamay na naman ng Sangguniang Panlalwigan para sa budget hearing nila hanggang maaprubahan hanggang December. So inaasahan natin by January, operational na yung budget natin”. (We target to submit our budget by October so that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan can conduct budget hearing until approved by December. So by January, we should have an operating budget.)

Photo courtesy of DILG Occidental Mindoro

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(Source: MEG In Action Live Video, Transition of Documents)

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