Seven outgoing members of the 13th Cebu Provincial Board bade goodbye during their last session on Monday, but not after they were feted in a ceremony led by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and graced by Gov. Hilario Davide III.
Those who were honored included PB members Julian Daan, Raul Alcoseba, Peter John Calderon, Grecilda Sanchez, Joven Mondigo Jr., Arleigh Jay Sitoy and Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca.
PB member Thadeo Quano, who passed away last February, also received recognition as well as Jose Ribomapil Holganza Jr., president of the Association of Barangay Captains (2010-2013) and Aladin Wilyamie Caminero, president of the provincial Sannguniang Kabataan (2010 to 2013). Holganza and Caminero were both ex-officio members of the 12th PB.
Of the nine new incoming PB members, four of them attended the event, including Raul Bacaltos and Yolly Daan (1st district), Jonkie Quano (6th district) and Raci Franco (4th district).
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale paid individual tribute to outgoing members by recalling the fondest moments she shared with them in the last three years.
She also thanked them for their wisdom and forbearance with her shortcomings as they performed their legislative work to advance the welfare of the people in the province.
“We came from and belonged to different political fences. But it did not sway us from working together. We crossed party lines and let public interest prevail over and above partisanship,” Magpale said.
Daan, a veteran radio comedian turned politician, lived up to his reputation with his wit and humor, narrating how he cheated death while under the knife, eliciting loud laughter from the audience.
“Basin na lipat ang Ginoo maong buhi pako,” said Daan referring to the time when he was fighting for his life in the operating room while undergoing a heart by-pass surgery.
As she stepped down from office, Sanchez urged the incoming PB to build more drug rehabilitation facilities and asked support for the realization of the Trans-axial Highway project, a brainchild of her late father Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez.
Sanchez commended her colleagues in the 13th PB for earning the recognition it deserves as a co-equal branch with the executive, which did not happen under the previous administration. (by Chindez Libor and Bianca Marie Cabiasa, Interns, with reports from KC)