Village chiefs win seat in legislative council

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


BULACAO Barangay Captain Raul Cabañero is Talisay City's new Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president while in Mandaue City, Subangdaku village chief Ernie Manatad earned a second term to represent the barangays in the local legislative council.

Cabañero, a known ally of the Alayon party, won by a margin of only two votes over Linao Barangay Captain Ofelia Ylanan, who is associated with the ruling party in Talisay City. Cabañero got 12 out of 22 votes.

Ylanan is the wife of Talisay City Councilor Valeriano Ylanan, a member of Liberal Party (LP) and an ally of Mayor Johnny de los Reyes.

Cabañero’s ally, Barangay San Isidro chief Marietta Bucao was chosen ABC vice president.

Alliance

Bucao, a second-term village chief, is the wife of former Talisay City vice mayor Alan Bucao.

Cabañero told reporters that his victory can be attributed to his alliance to Alayon, led by former congressman Eduardo Gullas.

But he said he will work on reconciliation among barangay leaders, who are divided due to politics.

His plans during his term as ABC president includes constructing a building for the ABC.

Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante welcomed Cabañero to the Talisay City Council.

Hold

He said the result of the ABC elections shows that Alayon continues to have a strong hold on the villages but the LP is gaining more ground as Ylanan got 10 votes.

In Mandaue City, Manatad’s bid to the ABC presidency went uncontested.

As president of ABC, Manatad will serve as an ex-officio member of the City Council.

In a speech, Manatad emphasized the need for barangays to be prepared for calamities.

“With the lessons from super typhoon Yolanda, Mayor Jonas Cortes has requested the barangays to strengthen further our preparedness for disasters,” he said.

Manatad, who will chair the City Council's committee on the environment, said barangays should be prepared for typhoons as strong as Yolanda, which killed more than 5,000 people in Leyte, Samar, northern Cebu and other areas in the Visayas.

Training

Most of the casualties were in Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte, where the typhoon caused a storm surge.

The City Government, with the help of the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, has trained disaster brigades in every barangays.

“Barangays should legislate measures to protect the environment,” Manatad said.

All barangay captains were present at the election yesterday, which was facilitated by Department of Interior and Local Government-Mandaue Head Jhoaden Lucero, Mandaue Election Officer Anna Fleur Gujilde, and representatives of the Department of Education and the Parish Pastoral Council.

Ibabao-Estancia Barangay Captain Carmelino del Mar was voted vice president while Canduman Barangay Captain Leo Jabas was elected auditor.

Manatad also appointed Alang-Alang Barangay Captain Mylene Sanchez as secretary and Umapad Barangay Captain Nelson Rubio as treasurer.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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