Governor Jose Alvarez called on Capitol employees Monday to support the division of Palawan into three provinces, urging them to help explain its advantages.
Speaking during the first flag raising ceremony for the new year at the Capitol, Alvarez said it is better if all employees of the provincial government will help explain the goal of the division which is to speed up the delivery of basic services to Palaweños.
“Hopefully, after mapirmahan ni presidente ang paglikha ng mga probinsya ay sana lahat tayo kumilos para magawan ng paraan na mangyari ang tatlong probinsya (Hopefully, after the president has signed the creation of the new provinces, let’s all help to make the division into three provinces happen),” he said.
Alvarez said Palawan has an estimated 1.8 million people which makes it harder to deliver the basic services.
If there are three different provinces, government services will be more accessible to about 600,000 people in each.
“Simple lang ang rason 1.8 individuals ngayon na ako pa lang, samantalang kung tatlo na ang gobernador, magiging 600,000 nalang kada probinsya. Mas mapapadali ang serbisyo, madali ng umikot (The reason is simple, now that it’s just me it’s hard, but if there three governors, there will only be 600,000 per province. The delivery of services will be sped up, it will be easy to go around),” Alvarez pointed out.
He added that a Capitol building needs 100 hectares to accommodate all the functional offices.
“Maganda nga sana may sports field sa tabi, magkaroon ng convention center. Kung maaari nga sana ang isang kapitolyo ay dapat nasa isang daan na ektarya para kumpletong-kumpleto ang facilities (It would be nice if there is a sports field beside it, and have a convention center. If possible, a Capitol should be in a 100-hectare area to have complete facilities),” the governor said.
Alvarez clarified that he is not allowed to run for any position in the three provinces.
He also slammed opposition groups in Puerto Princesa City, saying “they do not have the right to criticize the move of the provincial government.”
“Ang akala kasi nila pwede pa ako tumakbo kahit saan, pero hindi na. Ngayon tumahimik na ang mga kritiko samantalang hindi naman sila bumubuto sa atin, konsultahin mo pa? Kaya tulong-tulong nalang tayong magpaliwanag dahil wala naman ‘yan silang karapatan (They think I will still run in any of the provinces, but no. All critics have now kept quiet when in fact, they cannot vote for me, why consult them? That’s why let’s help in explaining because they have not right),” he said.