MARAWI CITY: Incumbent officials have announced the completion of a building they designed to foster their operational “unity” in Lanao del Sur, a Muslim dominated province where past governors and vice governors had been locked in years of executive-legislative policy cleavages.
Gov. Mamintal “Bombit” Alon-to-Adiong Jr. disclosed the feat to visiting journalists, who chanced upon him on a recent weekend while supervising workers in the final construction stage of the edifice his late father had dreamed to build before his death in 2004.
“It’s fulfilling,” Gov. Adiong told visiting media people, referring to the completion of what he described as “unity building.”
Vice Gov. Sultan Arsad Maro-hombsar expressed similar feeling, saying: “Our unity is reinforced by the construction of the edifice.”
The construction work began six months ago with a P50-million allocation that covered major repairs on the separate two-level office buildings of the governor, Sanggu-niang Panlalawigan and vice governor at the provincial capitol complex in this city, Adiong said.
Adiong and Marohombsar, who ran and won in tandem in the last three local elections, are advocates of “cohesive” executive-legislative relationship as a “requirement of good governance.”
With the completion of the building, they said, officials and workers of the two branches of government could constantly trade visits and “share cups of coffee always to sustain our harmony.”
They both believe that “physical separation” of offices is “prone to psychological gap” that often breeds operational and policy conflicts among executive and legislative officials.