Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Team Nograles Praised In Davao City

Lawyer Karlo Nograles, son and chief of staff of House Speaker Prospero Nograles, is flanked by residents in Davao City in the southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo / Geo Solmerano)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Residents of Davao City’s 1st Congressional District continue to benefit from various humanitarian projects and pro-poor programs of the "Team Nograles".

The group, headed by noted lawyer Karlo Nograles, is composed of eight prominent personalities whose vision is to help uplift the condition of the poor and promote peace and development in Davao City.

Nograles is the son and chief of staff of House Speaker Prospero Nograles whose humanitarian and development projects had helped thousands of mostly poor families in Davao City.

Residents and supporters of Nograles, are also pushing members of the Team Nograles to run for City Council in next year’s national and local polls so they can help more people and continue their projects for the benefit of the poor. They praised the team for their dedication to public service.

The young lawyer lauded “Team Nograles” for its accomplishments.

Speaking in his weekly radio program “Kalamboan Dala Tanan” over dxAB, the young Nograles said he is satisfied with the dedication of the Team Nograles members in reaching out to the District 1 constituency. “With more hands doing public service, we are able to push services more deeply in District 1,” he said.

“The kind of dedication they have in doing public service, of course, makes them good choices for the City Council,” said the young Nograles, who belongs to the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

He said party officials will still have to make the decision on who would be its candidates for the 2010 elections. “What I can say at best is that we in Lakas-Davao City are organized and ready.”

Nograles said the character and acceptability of would-be candidates of Lakas-Davao City will be major criteria in the upcoming polls. “That’s why we have good members in Team Nograles,” he said, adding, among its members are a doctor, lawyers, former council member, civic leaders, village officials and a youth leader,” he said.

Nograles has named them as Dr Jeff Ho, who is known for his sincere services to the poor and also a leading figure in many Nograles medical and health missions. And the lawyers are Prospero Mojica and Rene Villarente who are both idealists and serve as legal advisers of the Team Nograles. Shane Dolor, a 4-time city councilor, who also advises the Team Nograles on local governance.

He also named civic leader Billy Parilla, a former governor of the Rotary Club and village officials Joel Santes and Rommel delos Reyes as among those that are included in the Team Nograles along with former Sangguniang Kabataan chairwoman Jo Anne Bonguyan.

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