97% voted for YES to DAVAO DE ORO

Nabunturan, Davao de Oro— It’s a resounding 97% in favor of “yes”  as Compostela Valley Province is now officially renamed to Davao de Oro with a total of 174,442 voting for YES. 

“The making of history does not end here. This is only the beginning. We will work on making Davao de Oro true to its name, a province where people come, people live, and people prosper. We are Davao de Oro and this is our promise,” Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy said following the declaration.

Governor Uy expressed his gratitude to all who took part in the making of history in the province as he thanked Congressman Manuel E. Zamora and the late Congressman Prospero Amatong who first filed the Davao de Oro bill fifteen years ago.

He also thanked the former Congressman of District -I and now Vice Governor Maricar Zamora together with District-II Congressman Ruwel Peter Gonzaga who passionately pursued the proposition three years ago and did the painstaking work of lobbying it to the House of Representatives with the counterparts of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senator Sonny Angara for doing the same in the halls of the Senate.

 “We have nothing but gratitude to all who helped us in the campaign, to all local government officials, employees of the Provincial Government and everyone who helped us get the message of this renaming across, to the security sector, teachers and election officers who worked hard to give us a seamless plebiscite and most especially, to the people of Davao de Oro to whom this change is inspired, we thank them for going out last December 7 plebiscite and casting your vote, no matter what that vote is,” said Governor Uy.

He added that, “our twenty years as Compostela Valley Province gave us enduring lessons- of resilience, convergence, cooperation and collective responsibility. Certainly, we will bring those ideals as Davao de Oro.”

With its renaming, “Davao de Oro” aims to bring in more investments in the province since Davao Region is a bustling region with competitive business environment and a relatively peaceful province. De Oro refers to the rich/vast gold deposits found in the province were 10 of its 11 towns have gold deposits. 

The final and official result was formally announced by the head of the Provincial Board of Canvassers (PBOC), COMELEC Regional Director Remlane Tambuang on December 8, 2019 at past 10 in the evening.  The total result of the voters turn-out reached 44% or 179,953 casted votes with 5,020 who voted for “No.”  (Rey Antibo, ID Comval)

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