Governor Hilario Davide III swore in the new set of officers of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) – Cebu Chapter last Thursday, September 12.
The newly-elected LMP officers are Mayors Democrito Diamante (Tuburan) as president, AdelinoSitoy (Cordova) as vice president, Teresa Alegado (Consolacion) as secretary, Mariano Martinez (San Remegio) as treasurer, Antonio Canoy (San Fernando) as auditor, and Augusto Corro (Daanbantayan) as public relations officer.
The members of the board of directors are Lisa Marie Durano-Estreegan (Sogod), Marilyn Wenceslao (Santander), Ace Stefan Binghay (Balamban), Bernard Sepulveda (Borbon), AlyArquillano (San Francisco), Jose Esgana (Sta. Fe), TeresitoMariñas (Barili), Ronald Allan Cesante (Dalaguete) and Lionel Bacaltos (Sibonga).
In his message, Sitoy said he hoped that the league can give groundbreaking achievements for the provinceunder the leadership of the newly elected LMP president.
Diamante, meanwhile, asked for the cooperation of all the mayors especially those who are from the opposition. He said the mayors’ league would always be a partner of the province of Cebu in giving the Cebuanos honest leadership.
Davide also announced he is giving P1.5 million financial assistance to the LMP while Vice Governor Agnes Magpale also contributed P500 thousand. The league has only P20 thousand left in its coffers.
Diamante is reportedly the first LMP president from the third district. His predecessors mostly came from the second district.
Amidst the scrapping of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)Davide foresees requests for financial assistance to pile up on his desk soon.
He asked the help of the mayors in addressing this situation while solutions needs of their constituents.
The governor also reiterated his position that he is against the abolition of pork barrel as it helped subsidize the basic services especially the medical needs of the marginalized sector. He is in favor, though, of imposing stricter measures on it usage. (Xerxes Alkuino)