Northern Samar Governor Raul Daza admitted in the 8th Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPaD) forum at the Ibabao Hall, Northern Samar Capitol Building held on Sept. 19 the sad plight of the province of Northern Samar. Daza mentioned the latest report of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). Based on this report, Northern Samar is the number one poorest province in the Eastern Visayas Region and number seven in the entire Philippines. In 2003, during his first term, the same agency rated Northern Samar as number two in the entire country in terms of good governance. Daza has served in office in various capacity before becoming Governor. He was also a several termer Congressman representing the Province since the 1960's. That's why it is unthinkable to say the least, that he is just coming to terms with the bad bad situation of the Province.
I hope this is not lip service but Governor Daza explained in the forum that good governance could not guarantee better economic condition for the people. Daza told the participants that he is continuously looking for means to reconcile the gap between his good governance and the poor economic condition of his constituents. (Well, TRY HARDER, it apparently is NOT WORKING!)
Earlier in a press conference, Daza’s son, Congressman Paul Daza, of the 1st District, blamed the geographical location of Northern Samar for its being poor. Cong. Daza told local reporters that N. Samar has “geographical disadvantage” compared to other provinces which have improved economic climate.
Cong. Daza explained that the province belonged to the country’s typhoon belt and it was far from business capitals in the Philippines like Leyte which was also the source of electricity supply. The far distance from Tongonan Geothermal Power Plant to Northern Samar caused the frequent brownouts in the province.
Wow, what an incompetent family! So you're just going to just sit it out and wait for the gods to do something about it before something is done? And the geographical location excuse is simply stupid. In truth and in fact, Northern Samar is along the major national highway of the Philippines connecting Visayas and Luzon. It is, coupled with, innovative and GOOD Governance, can takeoff to become the country's richest.