Mayor Fortunato R. Abrenilla delivered his State of the Municipality Address during the 117th celebration of Philippine Independence in front of the vice mayor, members of the 8th Sangguniang Bayan, punong barangays, national agency and provincial agency representatives, civil society organizations, people’s organizations, NGOs and the people of Jagna on June 12, 2015 at the Jagna Municipal Plaza.
In his SOMA, Abrenilla opened with “Governance has been a challenge. Priorities set are ambitious. But if we are not bold in our ambitions and we are not tapping outside participation we are not setting a fertile ground for development.” He highlighted accomplishments in the four sectors – economic, social, environment and administrative. He emphasized participatory governance stating that in the setting of priorities, the LGU encourages the participation of civil society organizations, POs, NGOs. Plans are crafted with the participation of these sectors.
He thanked the officials, LGU employees and partners for the hard work put into the realization of plans and programs. He said that even if programs and plans seem unachievable because of the great cost and hard work requires, it is realized if all stakeholders work together in unity.
The celebration of Philippine Independence was also highlighted with the unveiling of the Capt. Gregorio “Goyo”
Casenas marker. Capt. Goyo is Jagna’s local hero who figured in the unfortunate Lonoy massacre in the Easter Sunday of April 1901. To give tribute to his heroism and to make it known to the Jagnaanons until the future generations who he is and his significance to Jagna’s history, a monument was erected in his honor and during the celebration of the 117th Philippine Independence the LGU unveiled a marker bearing the information about Capt. Goyo and the Lonoy Massacre. It was after the unveiling that all LGU offices, provincial and national agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, people’s organizations, private and religious sector offered their flowers.