EARLY next month, councilors from all over Cebu Province will elect their next representative to the Cebu Provincial Board (PB).
Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia pointed out One Cebu dominates the number of councilors in the province, with around 80 to 85 percent of councilors belonging to the local administration party.
She said the percentage could reach 90 percent because some councilors, after winning in the May 10 elections, sent feelers they intend to join the One Cebu party.
Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez Jr. of the Liberal Party (LP) admitted the party is still strengthening its organization in the province and have not talked about the Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) elections on Aug. 4.
The LP currently has only two members in the PB—Sanchez, the presiding officer, and sixth district representative PB Member Arleigh Sitoy.
One Cebu and its allies, Alayon of the first district and Bakud of the fifth, dominate the board.
Sanchez, however, said the most important thing is that the board must work for the benefit of the people and not focus on party affiliation.
The youngest councilor in the country, Talisay City Councilor Eduardo “Digul” Gullas III, visited Garcia last Friday.
But the governor said she will let the councilors agree among themselves on who should run in the PCL provincial elections.
The PB seat for PCL representative is currently occupied by PB Member Alfredo Ouano, a municipal councilor from Consolacion town. The provincial federation of the Sangguniang Kabataan is also represented in the PB.