BONTOC, Mountain Province – Congressional candidate Allen Sumeg-ang Ocden underscored that the province needs a new breed of leaders who will be able to elevate the status of Mountain province to greater heights.
Ocden, who is the congressional standard bearer of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, said that people who are already tired of the way politics in the province has been going on over the past several decades should already come out in the open and continue their advocacy for change to the better because the province has suffered too much and that it is now the time to achieve real development in a corrupt-free government.
“We have to cascade to the grassroots level the program of President Rodrigo Duterte against corruption so that whatever funds that have been earmarked to bankroll the implementation of priority development projects and delivery of services will solely be used for their prescribed purposes instead of falling in the pockets of corrupt politicians,” Ocden stressed.
He admitted that it is difficult to hold on to the advocacy but there is a need to start somewhere so that the realization of change to the better will be achieved even if it will be a painful and difficult goal to fulfil.
According to him, if people care as passionately as he does on moving Mountain Province forward and if they are able to see the bright future for the province that he sees, it is important for them to inform and educate their family members, relatives and neighbors to embrace the change of the province for the better.
Ocden pointed out that he will use the ideas and concerns of the people who he was able to meet and will be able to meet in the campaign trail to shape his way of thinking which is geared towards the overall growth and development of the province and the improvement of the living condition of the people.
He expressed his appreciation to the people who understood his campaign against corruption as the way to go for the province considering that much had been said about rampant corruption in the implementation of projects among other government transactions in the bureaucracy that often result to the completion of substandard projects and poor quality of services rendered to the people who stand to benefit from the same.
Mountain Province has over 108,000 registered voters for the upcoming May 13, 2019 national and local elections wherein the same are distributed in the 10 towns comprising the only province in the country with an English name.
Ocden spent the last months of his service in the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the Provincial Director of the Mountain Province Police Office before availing of his early retirement to pave the way for his bid to join the province’s political scene aspiring the vacant lone congressional position.
Ocden traces his roots from Besao and Bontoc towns and is banking in his passion, dedication and sincerity to serve the people of his home province as evidenced by his giving up sensitive positions that were previously offered to him just to be assigned as the Provincial Director of Mountain Province for him to serve his provincemates.