Oro, Misamis Oriental partnership in 2013?

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Friday, April 20, 2012

IS TEAMWORK and partnership between Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental on June 30, 2013 imminent?

Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno said Thursday that hopefully, the people will see for the first time teamwork and partnership between Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City.

Names of incumbent Gingoog City Mayor Ruth Guingona as possible candidate for representative in the province’s first district and Vice Governor Norris C. Babiera as possible provincial governor in 2013 were also mentioned.


“Hopefully, on June 30, 2013, ‘Congressman’ Ruth Guingona will invite us in her inaugural address. Hopefully, we can pass a tone of leadership in the province to the new governor, Norris Babiera, and hopefully, we will see for the first time a true teamwork and true partnership between Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro,” Moreno said during the Basic Orientation of Liberal Democracy (Bold) of Liberal Party on Thursday.

OATHTAKING. New members of Liberal Party from Misamis Oriental take their oath Thursday. (Joey P. Nacalaban)

Earlier, rumors were circulating that Moreno is planning to run for mayor in Cagayan de Oro in next year’s elections though the governor refused to confirm this nor divulge his political plans, which he said he “will announce in the right time.”

For his part, Babiera said the Liberal Party has a process in choosing candidates to run for a government post.

He said the National Executive Council of the Liberal Party will decide who will run.

“Until the party says so, that would be the official stand of the party. If the party would tell me to run for governor, let the party decides,” Babiera said.

He said, however, that election is still far and the National Executive Council will still convene, which has jurisdiction over local officials, from the vice governor up to the higher posts.

“I will just concentrate on my job as vice governor of Misamis Oriental in a class of work called a ‘servant leadership’,” Babiera said.

During Thursday’s orientation, new members of Liberal Party took their oaths.

Gladys Sta. Rita, Liberal Party’s national headquarters director general, was one of the guest speakers in the event.

Several mayors and representatives in the province who attended the orientation came from Gingoog City, El Salvador City, Alubijid, Medina, Kinoguitan, Balingoan, Binuangan, Salay, Balingasag, Claveria, Laguindingan, Gitagum, Libertad, Naawan and Manticao, all in Misamis Oriental.

Babiera said Bold is a training seminar wherein new members and participants are required to undergo before taking oath to the party.

He said there are at least 138 participants in the seminar from Magsaysay to Lugait composed of several vice mayors, councilors and representatives from the agriculture, labor and health sectors and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).

Babiera added that 16 mayors in Misamis Oriental are already members of Liberal Party.

During the training-seminar, Babiera said among the main topics discussed include liberal principles of liberalism, history of Liberal Party in the Philippines, social contract to the Filipino people by President Benigno Aquino III and the Party’s structure and ideology.

He said the event is also one way of strengthening the party.

A regional trainers’ training was also conducted, which was attended by 15 trainers from different provinces in Northern Mindanao.

The training will end today, April 20.

Medina Town Mayor Pacifico T. Pupos Jr., who took his oath early this year, said he attended the seminar along with his six municipal councilors.

He identified his councilors who will also take their oaths as Noli Pupos, Kimbot Odchigue, Dandan Balingit, Dulce Abejar, Roy Corrales and Ito Pelaez Pupos, a former ally of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said he and his councilors joined the Liberal Party because they see it can give progress to the nation, especially the municipality of Medina and the whole of Misamis Oriental.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 20, 2012.

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