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Lanao del Norte gears up for Vision 2040

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MARK FRANCISCO

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – In her last State of the Province address July 4, Gov. Imelda Dimaporo bid farewell to her constituents and remarked that the lasting legacy of her nine years as governor is the opening of Panguil Bay bridge which will connect this capital town to Tangub City in only five minutes.
Barred by law to run for another three-year term, Dimaporo is expected to relinquish her governorship to her son Mohammad Khalid, a former governor who is also on his last term as congressman.
In turning over the reins of the province by next year, the elder Dimaporo has outlined the goal of the next provincial leaders as Vision 2040.
It is a similar cry of the governor’s campaign in 2016 for Lanao del Norte to achieve Vision 2020.
Despite the black swan event that is the Covid-19 pandemic within those nine years, Gov. Dimaporo was able to realize all her goals.
In fact earlier in the day, Dimaporo together with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the contractor attended the symbolic last concrete pouring ceremony connecting all portions of the constructed Panguil Bay bridge.
In his own speech preceding his mother’s address, Rep. Dimaporo himself emphasized that inter-generational political unity is essential for the continuing development of the province.
It was in Mrs. Dimaporo’s first nine-year term from 1998 to 2007 that Mindanao Civic Center – a 71-hectare multi-million facility – was inaugurated, catapulting Lanao del Norte as the sports tourism capital of the country.
But the ground works of that were laid earlier by her predecessor and husband, former Gov. Abdullah Dimaporo.
As Rep. Dimaporo would succinctly put it, “This is not an overnight effort. It will take three decades for a huge project to become a reality – from groundbreaking to turnover.”
Lanao del Norte is perhaps unarguably the only province in the Philippines where inter-generational political unity works for the development of the people.
It all started when two scions of two political clans in the province wed each other.
Abdullah Dimaporo (son of then Gov. Mohammad Ali Dimaporo) married Imelda Quibranza (daughter of former Gov. Arsenio Quibranza), cementing the unity of the two as early as the elder Marcos administration.
Today, the baton passes on to Rep. Dimaporo to realize his mother’s Vision 2040 goals.
Rep. Dimaporo’s impending second governorship is expected to be equally busy as the opening of Panguil Bay bridge will bring a barrage of investment and tourism potentials in the province.
The visions of the greats Mohammad Ali Dimaporo and Arsenio Quibranza will definitely come full circle and into fruition through their grandson.

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