DSC 0160A hall full of emotions, teary eyed and a smile on every face. This was the picture of the Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Regular Session as it officially closes the 11th SP.


The members led by Vice Governor and Governor elect Jose Ma. R. Zubiri, Jr. approved the pending resolutions like the Ordinance No. 116-2013 or an act prohibiting the use, sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarette and other tobacco products in the city of Valencia. Malaybalay City vice Mayor elect Roland F. Detecio appointed Don Carlos Municipal Councilor Romeo T. Mabelin as the temporary Provincial Councilor’s League (PCL) – until September, while waiting for the election of the new PCL-Bukidnon.

After discussing and approving other pending resolutions, two of the outgoing board members and the presiding officer gave their valedictory speeches. Hon. Detecio thanked every colleague for the experiences and learning shared with each other. He also thanked the people for the trust and opportunity given as ex-officio member of the 11th SP. He promised to be of better service and best servant to the people whom he owe his new position as the new vice mayor elect of Malaybalay City.

Hon. Nemesio Beltran, Jr. extended his appreciation as member of 11th SP, which he tagged as the most prolific Sangguniang Panlalawigan in the history of the province of Bukidnon. As the majority floor leader, he gave every detail of their remarkable accomplishments. As of June 26, 2013, the 11th SP deliberated and acted upon about 11,145 measures that were presented to them for appropriate action. These measures consists about 8,565 that originated from 20 Sangguniang Bayan, 2 Sangguniang Panlungsod; about 2,170 items labeled as other communications, and about 410 ordinances and other resolutions authored the members.

Everybody became sentimental when the presiding officer gave his parting words for the 11th SP and his welcoming words for the incoming 12th SP.

Hon. Zubiri uttered that for over 26 years of service to the people of Bukidnon, 3 years of which as the vice governor, it’s a new experience to him working in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as the presiding officer. It’s where everything started because the governor only waits from the action taken by the SP. He also thanked the wonderful and talented SP members who were very supportive to him.

“But I am only saddened that two of the members were not present as we close this 11th SP”, Zubiri said. To him, you cannot absent in a session unless necessary because people entrusted you to be in a position so every member should serve the best way he can.

“I also missed that man, who is a fighter for the poor, a fighter for freedom.” He was referring to the late 1st District Board Member Rogelio “Boy” Lago. “I want every member here to give dedication to their work and double every effort in serving the people”.

He said, “As the 12th SP opens under the leadership of Governor and vice Governor-elect Alex P. Calingasan, the dedication that I have given to 11th SP will be doubled”.

Hon. Zubiri encourages the incoming 12th SP to exercise the power entrusted to them such as the power to promulgate, to correct, and to approve.

“All of you here will be great leaders of this province. Good luck and do the best for Bukidnon”, Zubiri ends his privilege speech.