DAVAO DEL NORTE: Santo Tomas Mayor Ernesto Evangelista to break mayoral one-term jinx in 2022 election

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Supporters of Mayor Ernesto Evangelista laughed off talks the reelectionist mayor of Santo Tomas town is not going to get a second term.

The talks, a political tale often normally taken as a joke, are spawned by what Tomasinos call as a “jinx” — no elected mayor has ever earned a second victory in the local elections.

But supporters of 78-year old Mayor Evangelista are confident the former cop could break the “one-term only” legend that hounded the political careers of the town’s former mayors.

Mayor Evangelista seeks a second term in the May polls in 2022 amid the backdrop of a first term marked by outstanding peace and order situation, corruption-free governance, enhanced economic development and responsive social, health and education services never experienced in the previous administrations.

Santo Tomas Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista Lapina: Outstanding performance would convince Tomasinos to give Mayor Evangelista an overwhelming vote for another term come 2022.

Mayor Evangelista runs Santo Tomas with a reliable partner, no less than daughter Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina.

The young lawyer is already a veteran in governance having held posts, before being appointed as Santo Tomas administrator, during her stint with the Davao City government under Mayor Sara Duterte, among others as a an attorney at the City Legal Office and action officer of Mayor Duterte’s Peace 911, an anti-insurgency special body that helped free the far-flung mountain village of Paquibato from the clutches of communist rebels.

Atty. believes the jinx sentenced previous mayors to a single term due more to corruption and poor governance and delivery of basic public services.

Based on Mayor Evangelista’s track record of public service in his first term, Atty. Lapina said the so-called jinx would be useless against the mayor’s outstanding performance that would convince Tomasinos to give him an overwhelming vote for another term come 2022.

In next year’s battle, Mayor Evangelista would be up against a neopphyte politician and a former mayor who could be a victim of the jinx, for the second time, because of his uneventful performance when he was the mayor.

DAVAO DEL NORTE: Rescued 83-year old now in foster home

๐—ฆ๐—”๐—ก๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ง๐—ข๐— ๐—”๐—ฆ, ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ (๐—ข๐—ฐ๐˜. ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ, ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ)โ€”๐—˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜†-๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ-๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ-๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ผ ๐—ข๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†, ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ (๐— ๐—ฆ๐—ช๐——๐—ข) ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—ข๐—ฐ๐˜. ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ.

MSDO-OIC Leilani Mae Rafol said that her office is now preparing the needed documents for Orpianaโ€™s admission in Home For The Aged. Among the requirements were medical certificate, result of his RT-PCR swab, X-ray result, and the case study that should be prepared by the social worker.

Rafol said Opiana is temporarily staying at Balay ni Tomas while all the documents are being complied with by the agency. โ€œAtong ginabuhat karon is naghatag lang kita og immediate care sa kay Tatay Orpiana since naay moral responsibility ang LGU ani na case kay murag he was neglected na sa iyang pamilya.

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However, the assistance na mahatag nato sa iyaha diri sa Balay Ni Tomas is limited maong didto nato siya ibutang sa foster home kay maatiman jud siya didto kauban ang ubang elderly. While naa siya sa amoa, ginapaningkamutan namo na mahatag sa iyaha ang compassion ug assistance,โ€ Rafol said.

Rafol said that the MSWDO under the administration of Mayor Ernesto Evangelista had taken the necessary steps to enhance the care-giving abilities of the personnel who look after the sick, frail, bedridden or abandonedsenior citizens.

She added that the 83-year-old Opiana should be taken to a foster home since he has no means already of meeting basic nees and since his family had deserted him, and therefore, he no longer receives appropriate care, protection, and support.

Earlier, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista ordered the Dangpanan Ni Tomas and MSWDO to process the necessary document for Orpianaโ€™s admission in the Home For The Aged, a foster home for abandoned elderly in Tagum City. ####AksyonAngSolusyon#EvangelistaLegacy#BagongSantoTomas

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DAVAO DEL NORTE: Evangelista admin gets P20-M grant from DSWDโ€™s KALAHI-CIDSS NCDDP program

SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte โ€”The municipal government of Santo Tomas under the administration of Mayor Ernesto Evangelista is a recipient of a P20 million grant from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the agencyโ€™s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or Kalahi-CIDSS program.ย 

โ€œTungod sa atong pagpaningkamot na makahatag pa kita og serbisyo sa 19 barangays, dako atong kalipay na na-approve ang atong request na mahatagan kita og P20 million grant gikan sa DSWD. Kini na kwarta dako na kini na tabang sa atong mga barangay para mahatag nato ang mga proyekto na haum sa ilang panginahanglan labi na padayon kita nagsagubang aning pandemya,โ€ Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said on Thursday.

Evangelista said the P20 million grant would be used to help improve the response initiatives against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the townโ€™s 19 barangays.

He added that since KALAHI-CIDSS is a โ€œcommunity-drivenโ€ program, the decision as to what proposed initiatives will be funded will be decided by the community headed to ensure that the project or program would address the needed concerns of the said barangay.ย READ MORE

DAVAO DELNORTE: Evangelista orders PESO to schedule payout for DOLE-TUPAD 366 beneficiaries

SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte (October 3, 2021)โ€”Mayor Ernesto Evangelista ordered the Public Employment Office (PESO) to schedule the release of wages for emergency employment beneficiaries after his office received a communication from the Department of Labor and Employment โ€“ Provincial Office that the payroll is already available.ย 

โ€œNalipay kita kay naplastar na sa DOLE ang payroll sa 366 beneficiaries ug akong gimanduan ang opisina sa Public Employment Service Office (PESO) na i-schedulan na og payout next week para ma-release na ang sweldo sa mga beneficiaries,โ€ Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said over the weekend.ย 

Evangelista said his administration would continue to access programs and services as part of the continuous effort to aid the vulnerable workers amidst the pandemic through DOLEโ€™sย 

Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.ย 

Over 366 beneficiaries from several barangays would finally receive their pay for their 10-day community work during these trying times.

Evangelista added that his administration is looking for mechanisms to provide aid through various programs for those Tomasinos who need financial assistance.ย  READ MORE

DAVAO DEL NORTE: Evangelista, Inodio-an meet Barangay Tibal-og purok leaders to strengthen COVID-19 protocols

SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte (October 4, 2021)โ€”Mayor Ernesto Evangelista and Barangay Tibal-og village chief Ricky Inodio-an met the purok leaders to further strengthen the implementation of the COVID-19 Safety protocols and enforcement of minimum health protocols in their respective communities.

โ€œDako ang papel sa mga purok leader sa pag-implementar sa mga Covid-19 protocols. Kining panagtapok atong gihanyag kung unsa ang status sa atong Covid-19 cases sa atong lungsod para sila mismo ang mahimong magbalantay sa ilang komunidad,โ€ Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said in his speech on Monday, Oct. 4 at the Santo Tomas Central Elementary Schoolโ€™s Covered Court.ย 

Evangelista said that he recognized the critical role of barangays in preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), urging them to be more proactive in enforcing minimum health protocols in their respective communities. READ MORE

DAVAO DEL NORTE: Evangelista admin hands over ambulance to Barangay Kimamon

SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norteโ€”The municipal government of Santo Tomas headed by Mayor Ernesto Evangelista has turned over a brand new unit of patient transport vehicle (PTV) to Barangay Kimamon in keeping true to its mandate to improve the quality of life and bring public health services faster to the residents of the said barangay.ย 

The purchase of the brand new PTV was realized through a counter-parting scheme to improve the Barangay emergency medical response system. It would complement the services being provided by the Barangay Kimamon Safe Birthing Facility and Barangay Health Center funded by the Department of Health (DOH) under the โ€œAksyon Sa Kalusuganโ€ program and was built under the Evangelista administration. READ MORE

DAVAO DEL NORTE: ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜€ get driver’s license thru Evangelista/LTO Outreach Caravan

Mayor Ernesto Evangelista and Barangay Tibal-og village chief Ricky Inodio-an on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2021 led the distribution of plastic license cards to 150 Tomasino motorists who were assisted by the Dangpanan Ni Tomas when they applied their driverโ€™s license to the Land Transportation Office.

All first batch beneficiaries have received their LTO-issued non-professional license card which allows an individual to drive a vehicle for personal purposes or for private use only.

In his speech, Mayor Evangelista thanked all the beneficiaries for taking the initiative to get a driverโ€™s license by availing the services of Dangpanan Ni Tomas. He explained that the LTO Outreach Caravan is now an expanded service offered by Dangpanan Ni Tomas after seeing the need of rolling out a caravan of services intended for those who want to get a driverโ€™s license.

Evangelista has ordered the Dangpanan Ni Tomas for the opening of registration for the second batch of motorists who want to apply for a Non-Professional License card so that more Tomasinos could benefit from the services offered by the Santo Tomas LGU.

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For his part, Barangay Tibal-og village chief Ricky Inodio-an underscored the importance of having a license for motorists who want to operate a motor vehicle. He also urged Tomasino motorists to always comply with the traffic laws and apply the trainings they learned when they drive their vehicle.

Inodio-an thanked the Evangelista administration for initiating the caravan of government services here in Santo Tomas with LTO bringing their Outreach Caravan for Non-Professional Driverโ€™s License. He also expressed his full support to the thrusts and programs of the Evangelista administration anchored on the โ€œAksyon Ang Solusyonโ€ program.

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Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiรฑa urged the beneficiaries who received the driverโ€™s license cards to be a โ€œdisciplinedโ€ and โ€œresponsibleโ€ motorists since LTO is implementing a โ€œdemerit systemโ€.

The LTO is implementing a โ€œdemeritโ€ system, which records โ€œdemerit pointsโ€ whenever a motorists violates traffic laws. Violations or demerit points are recorded in the LTOโ€™s system and driversโ€™ will be notified of the demerit points they have accumulated once they renew their licenses.

Republic Act (RA) No. 10930 lengthens the validity of a Philippine driverโ€™s license from 3 to 5 years starting October 2021, and it also includes demerit points that will allow motorists to enjoy a 10-year validity period provided the holder doesnโ€™t incur any demerit points.

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DAVAO DEL NORTE: Santo Tomas Mayor ๐—˜๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐Ÿฑ.๐Ÿฑ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐——๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—˜-๐—ง๐—จ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ

Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiรฑa received the cheque amounting to P5, 515, 184 from DOLE-TUPAD Focal Person Ms. Lalaine Apugan spearheaded by DOLE-Davao del Norte Field Office Head Ms. Lina Talingting with Mr. Dave Villegas, the Child Labor Program Focal on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at the Municipal Mayorโ€™s Office.

Joining with her is PESO head Ms. Joy Gonzaga of which the assistance is intended for the beneficiaries of the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD) workers program

.The said emergency employment aid will benefit vulnerable Tomasino workers in the municipality of Santo Tomas.

The assistance came after Mayor Ernesto Evangelista and Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiรฑa pushed for the availment of the program with Santo Tomas LGU being a DOLE – Davao del Norte program partner.

This was made possible through the leadership of DOLE Secretary’s Silvestre “Bebot” Bello’s Serbisyong TUPAD at this time of pandemic.

FLASHBACK. Davao Peace 911

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018. Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapina, then of the Davao City Legal Office and focal person of Peace 911, the peace and development counter-insurgency initiative of Mayor Sara Duterte in communist rebel-influenced Paquibato District , during the Araw ng Sitio Kinsekinse, Barangay Salapawan,where she joined the celebration, consulted wih tribal leaders, and conducted free legal consultation and site inspection of a proposed rehabilitation and improvement of a vital road network. CTTO William Araneta Belaguas

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