CLOSE to 3,000 elected barangay officials from Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental province took their oath before Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano Monday morning at the provincial capitol grounds.
The joint oath-taking, facilitated by the Padayon Pilipino, made history in the local political landscape for having numerous delegates with 1,861 from the province’s 24 municipalities and two cities and 600 village officials from the city, according to provincial administrator Edmundo Pacamalan Jr.
Padayon Pilipino is a local political party founded by Emano’s father Vicente, who served as the former Misamis Oriental provincial governor and city mayor in the past.
The younger Emano said he was overwhelmed by the outcome of the “tying of the knot” because for the first time in local politics, the newly elected and re-elected barangay officials from the province and the city gathered for a joint oath-taking.
This, he added, was made possible because of the sense of camaraderie and unity among the barangay officials from the city and province.
“This is the thumb mark of a good alliance between us and the city as what my father Mayor Dongkoy Emano, the founder of the Padayon Pilipino always says to his constituents, that still at the end of the day, it is the relationship that matters the most,” Emano said.
He said the alliance was a way to affirm to the people of the province and the city that after the October 2013 barangay elections there is no political color in serving the general welfare of the public, “and this is the first step,” Emano added.
Cagayan de Oro city councilors and Misamis Oriental board members under Padayon Pilipino attended the said oath-taking.
"History is in the making today. This is a historical moment for Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro," vice governor Joey Pelaez said.
“This unity between Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro has been planned by the heavens. I am proud that I became a part of this historical event. The political horizon of Padayon Pilipino is not only visible today, but it will stand the test of time,”Cagayan de Oro City vice mayor Ian Acenas said.
For his part, the elder Emano said that everything is beyond politics, hence it is the service that each elected officials must take an action to for the welfare of every member of the barangay.