Text by Ana Theresa Williams,BSN,RN
Photos by Jimmy Ray Williams
It was in 2009 when I went with the Department of Health (DOH) Region 11 to cover several events outside Davao City, most especially in Tagum City.
So when Health Promotion Education Officer Yasmin Avila invited me to cover their event on Thursday, May 11, I accepted her invitation without any hesitation.
In Tagum, I met their young-looking City Mayor Allan Rellon, known to be a man of action. He makes sure that everything is well provided for his constituents. “We follow the red, green and yellow signs. If it’s red, it means there’s something wrong or there’s something to be improved. But here in Tagum, we always go green that means go, go, go!”
“Right now we have eight malls found in our city. Among them includes the Robinsons Mall, Gaisano Center, Grand Mall, NCCC, Buenas Supermart, JS Gaisano, Citimall and Unitop,” the Tagum mayor proudly said.
He added that they are expanding their relocation programs to help provide homes for the informal settlers. “Also, we wanted to make health services accessible to everyone especially to the poor,” the energetic mayor said.
Since Tagum City is geared towards urbanizing 2020, Mayor Rellon said they have their EAGLE WINGS as development trust or priorities: for EAGLE – E stands for education, employment and culture development; A stands for agriculture, fisheries and environment development; G stands for genuine, peace, safety and security; L stands for livelihood and tourism development; and E stands for economy and affordability of taxes. For WINGS, W stands for Wellness, health and sports; I stands for infrastructure, transportation and communication development; N stands for NGOs, GOs, POs and cooperative convergence and recognition; G stands for God-centered and good governance; and S is for social services.
All the people of Tagum certainly love their mayor. With the support of his constituents, everything is possible.
And everybody in that area are proud to say TAGUMpay, which means victory!