Oro mayor woos City Council-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
BECAUSE the people in Cagayan de Oro matters more than any political affiliations, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno wooed the opposition-ruled City Council Monday afternoon to partner with him in achieving his 8-point agenda through the 2014 budget.
Though it is not clear that Moreno has been the first mayor to do such act, many of those who have been working at the City Hall said it was their first time to see a mayor set a humbling gesture by approaching the legislative body whose majority members belong to the party of his political rival former Mayor Vicente Emano to end the political bickering and work together while maintaining the separation of powers and the systems of check and balance to achieve the aspirations of the people in Cagayan de Oro.
In his budget presentation, he reminded the City Council that the composition of the city’s executive and legislative branches has been the people’s mandate. With that, he is bound to respect it.
He appealed to the City Council that working together for the electorates is the best way to give back the people’s trust and confidence for choosing them to lead the city.
“We cannot achieve anything if we keep on pulling one another’s legs every day. The people of Cagayan de Oro deserve the best,” Moreno said.
P2.638-billion 2014 budget
Moreno has earmarked a P2.638 billion for the 2014 budget. He appropriated P808 million to general public services; P601 million for economic services; P566 million for health, nutrition and population; P378 million for security, social services and welfare; debt-servicing at P158 million; disaster risk reduction at P118-million and other purposes at P8.9 million.
The budget intends to intensify the revenue generation programs of Cagayan de Oro, city information officer Maricel Casiño-Rivera told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Monday evening.
Rivera said Moreno does not intend to resort to any borrowings. “If ever he would resort to borrowing it could be a transparent built-operate-transfer scheme for the Puerto market. And should he decide on that option he will go back to the City Council to get its approval. But, it's not in his plans at the moment,” Rivera said.
For his part, opposition councilor Ramon Tabor has been elated and happy for Moreno’s admission that working together is vital. However, he wondered why it took Moreno more than 100 days to acknowledge it.
“I am very elated and happy that he desired that the executive and legislative will work together. The City Council has always been open to it. And I hope, hope and hope that his (Moreno) recognition of the separation of powers will not fall only during the budget deliberations,” Tabor said.
Tabor said the City Council passed a resolution Monday that the entire council would act as the committee of finance and ways and means that councilor President Elipe chairs. Elipe will head the budget hearing that will commence next month.
All the department heads attended Moreno’s presentation. After his presentation, Moreno approached all the councilors and shook hands with them.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 22, 2013.