CARMEN, COTABATO – Since its creation as a municipality by Executive Order No. 214 issued by then President Ramon Magsaysay in November 15, 1956, Carmen has already gone a long way and continues to grow economically while sustaining advocacy for environment protection.
Today, as Carmen, a first class municipality with a population of more than 65,000 celebrates its 57th founding anniversary, the tri-people or the Lumads, Christians and Muslims commemorate with joy and pride and the hold the spirit of being united as one people.
As he stood in front of thousands who joined the town’s culmination program held in Carmen Municipal Capitol, Mayor Roger Taliño thanked his constituents for their support in all the programs of the local government which has become a part of Carmen’s continued progress all through the years.
With this year’s theme “Carmenians: Holding on to strengthening economic growth and ecological development” Mayor Taliño expounded on the sustained growth in economy of the town.
He elatedly announced the construction of a new hospital building in Carmen which will be completed and inaugurated next year during the town’s 58th founding anniversary.
It was also his birthday that day.
The mayor said that Carmen as a progressive town continues to expand in terms of development and the installation of a new hospital to provide medical services is one proof.
Mayor Taliño also announced that soon a memorial park in the municipality will be constructed.
He then gave recognition to the town’s senior citizen who according to him has greatly contributed to the growth and progress of Carmen as a first class municipality.
Carmen has 28 barangays inhabited by Lumads mostly of Manobo-Aromanen tribe, Christian and Muslims.
Joining the town’s celebration were Carmen’s first lady Noemi Taliño, Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza and Cotabato 3rd District Representative Jose “Ping” Tejada as well as the towns local officials.
Gov. Taliño-Mendoza, daughter of Mayor Taliño for her part thanked the people of Carmen for continuously supporting all the programs of both the local government and that of the provincial government.
“You can be rest assured that the truthful public service and the advocacy of “Serbisyong Totoo” that your government officials give you will continue. Your trust and support means a lot to us especially to our family” Gov. Taliño-Mendoza said.
One of the major infrastructure projects of Gov. Taliño-Mendoza that will commence soon is the construction of a new bridge connecting Carmen and Banisilan.
This would enable farmers and businessmen to transport products easily and for the commuting public to have better access in between the two municipalities.
The provincial government implements infrastructure along with agricultural projects in Carmen in its many barangay.
Representative Tejada on the other hand, said he is happy to see the town of Carmen continue to become progressive. This he said is because of the kind of governance the leaders of Cotabato province which is people-centered and focused on development.
He then lauded Mayor Taliño for making Carmen a livable place for the tri-people. “It is exceptional to see that here in Carmen you can see that the Indigenous Peoples, the Christians and the Muslims live in peace and harmony” Rep. Tejada said.
The lawmaker said that it is noticeable that Carmen is continuously growing in terms of economy and he credited it to the leadership of local officials.
Rep. Tejada, who hails from M’lang municipality said he considers Carmen as his second home because he is dearly close to its people.
He said his office and the provincial government under the leadership of Gov. Taliño-Mendoza work hand in hand in the realization of the vision to make Cotabato a truly advanced province in terms of economy.
The 57th founding anniversary of Carmen was filled with merriment as thousands of people from the villages gathered at the Provincial Capitol Grounds and the municipal plaza and joined in the festivity. (JIMMY STA. CRUZ)