Gov hails resilience of Guimarasnons in SOPA


In his sixth State of the Province Address yesterday, Governor Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras province recognized his constituents’ resilience in the face of tragedy and trauma.

In August 2006, Guimaras suffered an oil spill tragedy when oil tanker MT Solar 1 sank off the coast of Guimaras and spilled around 500,000 liters of oil into the strait.

Thirteen years after, three motorboats capsized at the Iloilo Strait, killing a total of 31 people.

Challenges only made Guimarasnons “rise up immediately and return to our normal lives,” said Gumarin.

“With cooperation and united leadership, we will be stronger,” according to him.

The governor also cited the accomplishments of his administration. (

Among these were Best Performing Information Office in Western Visayas for the Guimaras Public Information Office and Best Public Employment Services Office (PESO) for the province’s PESO.

Also, Gumarin reported the continuing rise in mango production from 10,137 metric tons in 2013 to 11,487.68 metric tons in 2018.

The crime volume in the province, he added, had been dropping for the past five years from 1,111 in 2014 to 786 last year.