Davao del Norte Governor Del Rosario pushes pro-poor program
Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario greets Lumad chieftains and residents during a tribal festivity in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Noel Baguio/DavNor PIO
By Noel Baguio
Saying the Dabaonon people are worth living for, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario is determined to continue his human development strategy until poverty is significantly reduced in the province. The governor said the thought of giving up on the poor never crossed his mind even though he was disheartened that the poor apparently failed to fully exploit anti-poverty programs to improve their lot. “We cannot give up, since no matter what we see around, it is our duty and responsibility to continue doing what we intend to do as public servants,” he said. Del Rosario, who championed a no-nonsense pro-poor local governance from the start of his governorship in 1998, revealed how the culture of impecuniosity become self-perpetuating among many indigents. He recalled the plethora of infrastructure projects and essential services that his administration has implemented, particularly starting from the minimum basic needs (MBN) program of his first term up to the comprehensive RDR WHEELS strategy he carried out during his comeback term in 2007.