Editorial: Rhetoric-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
ON TUESDAY, the recently elected local executives entered their 100 days of holding office. Cagayan de Oro mayor Oscar Moreno and Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente “Bambi” Emano reported to the electorates what they have done since July 1, 2013, the day they began holding office.
Emano did it in Gingoog to emphasize the city’s potentials, which he claimed has been left unattended for years. Would that include his father’s term as the governor?
Emano enumerated his 10 programs which mostly are on starters. His report has been quantitative.
Well, it is probably a good way to begin -- starting every project at once. Come 2016, we will know if what he started would be fully achieved and implemented in the province.
Moreno rated himself 9 in a scale of 1 to 10 when asked by reporters how he would grade himself in his 100 days of serving the city.
Moreno was more reflective saying “he is bound to make mistakes and what’s important is that none of his mistakes is irreversible. That in his every action, he is accountable to the people. And he finds satisfaction in what he has been doing in the city amid the constant criticisms he get from his political rivals and people who are vigilant on how he runs the city government.
Moreno enforced new policies that are met with both cheers and jeers. Until now, majority of the vendors are still in limbo on how they can get back to their feet after having been displaced for more than three months. Other camps cheer him for making the city a little better in terms of organizing the once tangled landscape of the public markets and the traffic chaos at peak hours.
He has projects that have been branded controversial, the Duaw Park which is one of the projects of the city’s first lady and the ongoing restoration of Gaston Park.
Things could have been made better if all the changes effected have been carefully crafted without displacing the poor who are the hardest hit.
Emano on his part also instituted changes in the province. Every time he brings out changes, they come with the usual “politician blaming previous administrations for inheriting debts and mismanaged administration.” He cited in his report the Misamis Oriental Telephone System (Misortel) for its years of mismanagement. Has he considered his father’s stint to be part of that previous administration?
Moreno also has been into the blame game tactic.
Both local executives are accountable to the people. Whatever the manner the accomplishments have been made and presented, it is on how they translate their development programs to impact on the people’s lives come 2016.
And that’s what matters to the electorates.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 10, 2013.