Mayor Bans Rallies During Arroyos Visit to Panabo City

Mar. 28, 2006

PANABO CITY— Panabo City Mayor Rey Gavina appealed to opposition groups to refrain from staging protest rallies during President Gloria Macapagal Arroyos visit to Panabo city this week.

Gavina vowed not to issue a permit to any group who has plans to disrupt the Presidents visit with protest actions.

Im wholeheartedly appealing not to stage (protest) rally during the Presidents visit, I wont give permit to those who will stage the rally except some other time, he said.

He said he had no other intention in inviting the President to grace the 5th anniversary of the city on March 31 but to thank her for the funds she had extended the city government for various infrastructure projects.

He hoped the visit would turn in investments to the city and would also make the people happy over the fact that the President is coming down just to grace the occasion.

One way of inviting investors is to invite the President, after this, investors would be coming in because they would come to know more about the city during the Presidents visit, he said.

Meanwhile, Gavina welcomes all sectors interested to accord the president a warm welcome.

Among the sectoral audience during the inaugural rites at the Panabo Gym are the citys cooperatives, farmers, and non-government organizations (NGOs).

Gavina has also extended invitation to local government executives in the neighboring provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley; city and the municipal mayors of Southern Mindanao.

He also opened the doors to other LGU executives outside the region, who have expressed interest to see the President during the 5th anniversary of Panabo. — (PIA/JMDAbangan)

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