FOR the last 20 years, only during Governor Bambi Emano’s administration that the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol underwent large changes. He did not only renovate and fix the dilapidated Capitol building, but built a number of edifices in its premises.

In his State of the Province Address (SOPA) dubbed: “Taho Namo sa Katawhan,” on January 10, 2022, Governor Emano said named the Provincial Training Center, Provincial Cooperative building, Provincial Engineering building, Provincial Tourism building, Provincial Early Childhood Care and Development building, and the ongoing Provincial Health Office building.

“We did not only renovate for the last 9 years, we did not only fix, we built offices for the Provincial Capitol,” Governor Emano said.

When Governor Emano assumed office in 2013, a stench, foul odor from a comfort room greeted him on his first day at the Capitol. He was even surprised that there was only one comfort room for boys and girls in the entire Capitol building.

“…its stench, foul odor…So, the first thing we did was gave them (employees) decent comfort rooms,” part of his SOPA speech he said.

The Provincial Training Center, Governor Emano said was constructed after noting there was no single conference room in the whole of Capitol building.

“The entire Capitol did not have single conference room. So, we made our own because they’re used to have meetings in restaurants and hotels. It was very expensive, it was taxing our people. We had to save money we built our own training center. And, the training center that we use is now used for provincial meetings, national meetings, and in fact, very recently, we used it for an international visitor, His Excellency Dicky Fabrian from Indonesia,” he explained.

With “almost zero budget” in 2013, Governor Emano was not puzzled but elated how these numerous accomplishments were done.

“How did we accomplish all of those with almost zero-budget left to us nine years ago? Together with the employees, the department heads, we tightened our belts, we worked together. W tried to save money, spent only on those things that were needed and important. We tried to be true to our oath, we organized, we planned and most of all you and I worked against corruption in the Provincial Capitol,” he pointed out.