“I am not single, I am married to Can-avid” quoted from one of the casual things that a prolific and innovator leader used to say.
Known to some as longest serving Mayor of Can-avid, Mayor “Toytoy” is not but a household name in Can-avid for almost 3 decades now. With honed academic, leadership, and interpersonal intelligences no wonder that the activism sprung on him at early young age.
Gil Norman Papiona Germino, born on July 4, 1960, studied and finished his elementary education at Can-avid Central Elementary School, and his secondary education at Taft National High School; both with flying colours. He took up his Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and Bachelor of Laws at Devine World University Tacloban City
He was once living a life of an ordinary person. After studying, he worked as a laboratory technician at RTRMF(Remedius Trinidad Rumualdez Medical Foundation) in Tacloban City then transferred to the provincial Office of Department of Trade and Industry in Eastern Samar for quite some time. But every time he comes home, his imagination runs vividly. He dreamed of a progressive town. He aimed for a peaceful yet lively people in his community, those who can put Can-avid to limelight in a good sense.
Gil Norman at 32 years old became the Vice-Mayor of Can-avid. Being the youngest politician that time was not easy. But the burning fire of selflessness and eagerness to serve the general public proved that he is serious with his work. He became an eye opener to younger generations and able to influence them to make a bold move to have a positive impact to the society. His passion for change for better good and functional leadership transcends years of traditional politics in Can-avid. He started to educate people by disciplining them to be law abiding constituents, to be cleanliness conscious, and government thrusts and programs active advocates. Empowering the people by giving importance on their support and trusts to the government.
Thru his priority Programs, Projects and Activities he was tagged as “Mayor Marisyu” and popularized the taglines “Kalinisan atun gud Batasanon” and “Can-avid Maupay nga Bungto Padayon it Pagasenso” as his first battle cry as Mayor. Cleanliness received great priority during his incumbency; with his his Pro-Environment campaign, the municipality of Can-avid has participated and ranked second place as the Cleanest and Greenest Municipality in the 4th-6th Class category in the year 2012, and won 1st place in the years 2003 and 2004.
“Think Can-avid Think Great” was his re-election campaign propaganda in 2010 where he paid particular attention to Infrastructure development; Opening of Farm to Market Roads; Enhancement of Livelihood projects and Agricultural Production; Implementation of National Greening Program; Mangroves and Beach Forest Trees, in Coordination with Bantay Dagat and Bantay Kalinisan in conservation and protection of natural resources; Construction of drainage system for Flood Control Program.
Can-avid became a recipient of DILGs Seal of Good Local Governance and Good Financial House Keeping in the year 2015.
“UPAi-Can-avid”, his motivational strategy for peoples’ unity was marked by unequalled accomplishments in infrastructure development. This includes the construction of Great Park, Evacuation Center, and Climate-Smart Multi-Purpose Covered Courts and Social Buildings.
UPAi stands for “Upayon ta Panlawas, Agrikultura, Inprastraktura” It means that the administration of Mayor Germino aims to focus on Health, Agriculture and Infrastracture.
Determined and committed to bring his Environmental Advocacy, Mayor Germino created two new offices; (1) the DRRM Office whose primary role is for civil protection and disaster management through and integrated Multi Sectoral Approach, equipped and organized CARE TEAM or Can-avid Rescue Team; (2) The MENRO/SWMO Office, which was created to spearhead the implementation of RA 9003 the ecological Solid Waste Management Program, Preserving and conserving the natural resources of the municipality.
Clean air and solid waste management is a priority program of Mayor Toytoy. The construction of unequalled Enkantadya MRF & Eco-organic Park aims caters the biodegradable waste that is now popular place to visit by local tourist. With creation of the two offices; Municipality of Can-avid is now set and ready for any Environmental Impact caused by climate changed and manmade activities.
In a nutshell, he has done so much for the progress of Can-avid. Not only that he’s able to create an aesthetically pleasing Can-avid with climate-smart infrastructures, and transform some ill-mannered people, he has also inspire the beautiful people and give confidence to say “I am Can-avidnon” as a result of all his hard work.
He was able to attain all these because he always believes that the greatest achievements ha can do are those that benefit others. Truly, he is one selfless, loyal, competent and outstanding leader.
He loves people in general. He loves Can-avid; it’s his wife, it’s his life.