Polling centers in Compostela Valley opened Saturday forresidents to vote on whether they favor changing its name to Davao de Oro, consistent with its neighbor provinces.
In Magnaga Elementary School in Pantukan town, Compostela Valley Governor Tyrone Uy and his father, former governor Arturo Uy arrived at the polling center at 7 a.m., the earliest to vote.
"I talked to some big investors in Compostela Valley, natutuwa sila noong nalaman na ma-change ang Compostela Valley province to Davao de Oro, dahil madali na lang mabenta ang products and services, at madali na lang ma-locate ang province," Arturo Uy said.
"Compostela Valley has brought a lot of good things, but we felt that there is a need to rebrand. There’s a need na ma-affiliate tayo, at makuha natin ang pangalang Davao, because rightfully so, historically speaking, we are part of Davao region," Tyrone Uy said.
They are confident that "yes" votes will prevail because of the massive campaigns they carried out since March. Barangay officials also helped with the information drive, urging voters to participate in the plebiscite.
Most voters only spend a few minutes inside polling precincts as they will only answer "YES" or "NO" to the question stated on the ballot, “Pumapayag ka ba na palitan ang pangalan ng lalawigan ng Compostela Valley at gawing lalawigan ng Davao de Oro alinsunod sa Batas Republika bilang 11297?”
Board of Election Tellers observed fewer voters compared to regular elections. Some voters also encountered problems, such as difficulty finding their names on the voter's lists, and unexpected transfer of polling precincts.
Davao del Norte was divided in 1998, with the new province named Compostela Valley.
But 21 years later, it was proposed to be renamed to Davao de Oro because compared to other provinces in Davao region, only Compostela Valley does not have"Davao" in its name.