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By R.G. CADAVOS (PIA Southern Leyte)
March 25, 2010

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte  –  The 100 days countdown just before the 50th Founding Anniversary celebration of the province of Southern Leyte this coming July 1st kicked off Tuesday, March 23, with a motorcade around the city proper.

The afternoon motorcade participated by local government officials and employees and some concerned citizens was followed by a Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Precioso D. Cantillas at the provincial capitol grounds, after which a launching program was conducted to signify the start of the 100 days countdown towards the  province' golden anniversary celebration.

Vice-Gov. Mike Maamo who welcomed the participants expressed his support for the 100 days preparation before July 1st and expected a 100% attendance throughout the province. While, inspirational messages were given accordingly by ABC Provincial Federation President Nikko V. Mercado, Provincial Councilors’ League President Florentino Lubang, and League of Municipalities President Mayor Pete Fustanes, who showed support to the activities prepared for the celebration.

On the other hand, Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco who just came from his state-of-the-city-address joined the provincial officials and confirmed his all out support to the countdown. “It is my privilege to be part of this once in a lifetime activity and we’re lucky enough to have joined this seldom occasion of the province.”

The city government committed to use all channels that can help realize for the success of the 50th anniversary of the province. “We will utilize our resources, vehicles, manpower and all activities will be participated by the city government,” Samaco continued.

Meanwhile, Provincial Governor Damian G. Mercado and District Congressman Roger G. Mercado similarly joined hands to unite for the development of the province. The brothers have seen the real unity throughout Southern Leyte and were grateful for the support of the government officials, especially mentioned was Mayor Samaco for the good leadership he has showed for Maasin City.

The incumbent governor urged everyone to participate in the celebration from day 1 until the province’ natal day, July 1.  He was thankful for ASI, UST and MASAM (ASI for Action, Solusyon, Isisyatibo, UST for Unity, Solidarity and Teamwork, MASAM for Maasin City Atong Syudad Atong Mahalon), the battle cries of Gov. Mercado, Cong. Mercado and Mayor Samaco, respectively, for the continued support given.

The opening salvo also unveiled the golden anniversary logo performed by the governor, congressman, city and provincial officials, while the countdown was officially started by the same officials with Fr. Felix Paloma who represented Bishop Cantillas.