Moreno tells poll winners to move on-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno has appealed to winners in the recently concluded barangay elections to roll up their sleeves, forget politics and begin serving the people.
City information officer Maricel Casiño-Rivera said Monday that it is Moreno’s wish for the barangay officials to make good on their mandate, to serve their constituents.
“Now is the time to unite. Let’s us forget the political divisiveness,” Rivera said, quoting Moreno, who is in Manila.
She said that since the people have spoken, candidates who did not win in Monday’s barangay elections should respect it.
Rivera said the will of the people must be followed since it is they who elected their leaders.
The challenge now of the Moreno administration, she said, is to reach out to the newly elected village officials, so the City Government and the barangays can work together.
“They (barangay leaders) can be assured that they will be treated fairly. He (Moreno) does not discriminate,” Rivera said.
She said what Moreno did during his time as governor of the Misamis Oriental was to work with village officials regardless of their affiliation.
Rivera said Moreno would rather go into partnership, or what he termed as "kurambos,” with the barangays in the implementation of various projects.
Rather than following former mayor Vicente Emano’s “barangay empowerment,” Rivera said Moreno would rather partner with the barangays than download funds for their use.
In the barangay empowerment, City Hall releases funds to the barangays for their specific projects.
But under Moreno’s watch, that practice will no longer be followed, Rivera said. “We will not give them (barangays) money. We want to give them a break.”
Rivera said the “kurambos” was very effective in the province and that it should be replicated in the city.
With that kind of partnership, Rivera said political affiliation will not matter as public service is given priority over politics.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 30, 2013.