“Albay must not only be safe for tourists, for traders, Albay must be safe for its own people.”

“Development should proceed in the middle of all the risks.”

“Your highest rights, my highest duties.”

These are the most telling statements of Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda as he steered Team Albay Countryside Development Caravan in full throttle, delivering the most complete medical and social services to evacuees housed inside Guinobatan East Central School (GECS) today, October 26.

As the event also coincided with his birthday, the governor received warm greetings from his people and in return he pampered the evacuees with gifts and goodies.

He said life must go on for the displaced persons inside the evacuation centers.

“These people need greater powers to achieve their dreams…an deretso nindo, katungdan ko (your rights my highest duty)” the birthday boy said as he also narrated some lines from the song of Josh Groban “You raised me up.”

“Thank you for inspiring me to do all these things,” he said lifting emotions of those hearing him speak before the crowd composed of members of the caravan, evacuees, employees of the provincial government and hundreds of volunteers.

The governor also brought home the good news about the permanent relocation for the evacuees.

He said the Provincial Government’s commitment to prevent those living within the prohibited Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) from returning the area, it (the PDZ) will be developed into what he called Inascan Valley Wellness Tourism Development and the relocation site into Mauraro Agropolis which a food manufacturing and agro-based marketing will be put up.

The Caravan, composed of national government agencies and the Provincial Government of Albay, distributed vegetable seeds and farm tools, rendered free haircut, gave medical, dental as well as veterinary services.

Aside from the press briefing on the current status of Mayon Volcano by Phivolcs, the full day activities also include a tree planting, raffle draw, entertainment programs and distribution of gift checks. (Albay PIO/October 26, 2014)