There could be no better man!

Ang kusog sa panggamhanan nagagikan sa katawhan.

There can be no better man to represent the people of the 1st District of South Cotabato than someone who believes in the people that he represents, and who has faith in the potentials for greatness that lies in every individual in General Santos City and in the Municipalities of Polomolok, Tampakan and Tupi.

There can be no better man than PEDRO B. ACHARON, JR. to be  our Congressman for the 1st District of South Cotabato.

This three-termer Local Chief Executive of General Santos City is an epitome of a true General.  Elected as City Councilor in 1992 at his first try in politics and was re-elected to the same office in 1995 with the highest number of votes.  In 1998, he was overwhelmingly elected as the City Vice-Mayor. He was sworn as the 10th City Mayor in 2001 when the position was declared vacant.  In the 2001, 2004 and 2007 local elections, he was reaffirmed by the Generals as the City Mayor.

The people’s trust and confidence in his leadership was founded on history and destiny.  Mayor Jun Acharon comes from a long line of public servants.  His father, Pedro A. Acharon, Sr. was the 2nd Mayor of then the Municipality of Rajah Buayan. While his brother Antonio C. Acharon was the 5th Chief Executive and the mayor with the longest service record of the City of General Santos.  Another brother, the late Jacinto C. Acharon was the holder of the longest term as City Councilor.

He is a civil engineer by profession and a graduate of Cebu Institute of Technology.  He is very active with religious organization and civic clubs including the Rotary Club.  A recipient of numerous awards of distinction, among which are the “Outstanding City Councilor of the New Republic of the Philippines”, “Most Outstanding City Vice-Mayor of the Philippines”, and the “International Humanitarian Award.”

Married of the former Miss Rosalinda V. Abinion of Cebu, they are blessed with five children – 3 boys and 2 girls.

Within the core of his administration’s thrust is the holistic and comprehensive Magandang Gensan through Social and Community Transformation, Human Resource Development, Economic Diversification, Environmental Regeneration and Participatory Governance.

His service-driven conviction that was instrumental in the city’s tremendous urbanization rate can be  advantageous for the people of the district in the coming years.  With PBA representing us in Congress, a future that is Progressive, Beneficial and Assured awaits us.


BLOGGING & EMPOWERMENT

Copy of the Message of the Honorable City Mayor, PEDRO B. ACHARON, JR. for the delegates of the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit held on October 25, 2008 at the Family Country Hotel and Convention Center, General Santos City.

The message, in toto, was delivered by the Honorable City Councilor, Margareth Rose N. Santos.

 

 Magandang Gensan . . .

 In your language, I am a newbie.  Although, I am an active advocate of cyber technology as can be gleaned from the numerous ICT projects or ICT-support programs of the LGU, I am regrettably not tech-savvy.  

Much effort was made in order for me to deliver this message.  I have to educate myself, in order not to be off-course.  The more I learned, the more I admired this new medium called “weblog.”

Blogs, as personally published documents, can be liberating and at some point stress busting.  Imagine, stay at home mothers, gone are the days when they are cut-off from the world.  Not only are they up-to-date with their surroundings and even beyond; they can share their joys and woes of motherhood and exchange parenting tips with other parents.  Imagine flourishing poets and writers, gone are the days that they have to wait months or years for a publishing house to notice their works.  Now they can publish their literary pieces at their convenience and at the comfort of their own homes.  Imagine emerging businesses, market placement and business matching was at the mercy of resource entities.  Now they make themselves known over the internet and make personal correspondences with visitors and clients. At some instances and under the cloak of anonymity, you and me, can project frustrations and express true opinions about work, politics, or religion.  Indeed, on a deeply personal level, blogging is empowering.

 However, the question before me is, how can this medium, this new source of power, be used for Mindanao?

 Let us consider the benefits of B.L.O.G. and discover how Mindanao can and will be transformed.

“B” in blog means better communications.  As blogs are personal publications over the internet, it provides a chance to share experience and expertise to a wider audience.  Mindanao Island, our home, has been plagued by and subjected to negative publicity for too long. Today, we say, “no more!”  There is now an alternative to the traditional media agencies.  We are the alternative.  The power to correct or verify news about peace and order situations, business climate, or political issues.  Blogging provides us with the avenue to educate the rest of the country and the world the beauty of our people, the richness of our history and culture, the serenity of our land- and seascapes, the modernity of our infrastructure, and the vibrancy of our economy.  Decades ago, Mindanao was the land of promise.  Today, bloggers will make it the land of fulfillment.

 “L” in blog means lower cost.  Blogging is a cost effective alternative to traditional broadcasting or media printing. It is an inexpensive method to amplify personal voice and views or get business going over the internet.  This “L” is an accessory to our earlier “B”.

 “O” is for opportunities. Blogging presents a multitude of opportunities for the user.  Information for personal and relationship development, family and home improvement, career enhancements, financial advancement, and many others are available at a few clicks.  These informations can lead to or create opportunities for the blogger.  Opportunities which may also be relevant for the continuing growth of Mindanao.

  “G” obviously refers to global.  Global in terms of reach and scope.  Global in terms of magnitude and importance. 

 Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Mindanaon… the topic assigned to me today was “Empowering the Bloggers in Mindanao.”     Yet, after having delved into the subject of blog and blogging – – I concluded that bloggers do not need to be empowered.  For there, within each blogger’s grasp is the awesome power of multimedia, the power to inform and be informed, and the power to educate and be educated.  The only thing required is for the blogger to be aware of it.  What is most significant today is the challenge for the empowered blogger to empower Mindanao. 

 

Magandang Gensan sa muli and happy blogging!