[by RASHID RH. BAJO]
MALUNGON, Sarangani –– Chieftains of various tribes in Malungon, Sarangani recognized Mayor Theresa “Tessa” Constantino as their “princess” for her “highly pleasing role” in serving, uplifting, promoting and protecting the interest and welfare of the tribal people living in “unreachable” areas of the town.
In a report (https://www.facebook.com/isaganipalma.minbull) wrote by the town’s information officer Isagani Palma, it said that both the Sarangani provincial tribal chieftain Edmund Pangilan and Malungon’s Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Monard Galgo admired Mayor Tessa for “providing free education” and “proper health care” to the members of B’laan, T’boli and Tagakaulo tribes.
Palma said tribal people have “special spot” to the hearts of Mayor Tessa and to her father, former “undefeated” Malungon Mayor Reynaldo “Bong” Constantino, who in known is the town’s tribal communities as “Datu Tubad Gamlal.”
Palma said both of them have solidified their reputations by laying down necessary programs and projects to the tribal communities that eventually made them felt the presence of the government and eventually made them realized that they are “important” also in shaping the course of the local government’s rural development programs and commitments.