Lim, Miguel, Lani woo PCL voted

Some 237 councilors of Negros Oriental will elect their leaders on Aug 23 to represent them in the Philippine ‘Councilors League.

With three declared candidates, members of the 237-strong Philippine Councilors League Negros Oriental Chapter have a wider latitude to select a leader that will best serve their interests and by extension, their constituencies.

Municipal and City Councilors along with the Liga ng mga Barangay Presidents will cast their votes during the PCL elections slated August 23 at Bethel Guest House.

Dumaguete City Councilor Lani Ramon has officially declared her intention to run for the presidency, as an alternative to end traditional politics. In fact, she claims to have no support from the political bigwigs of the province despite the fact that the winner would get to sit as exofficio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. She will replace BM Erwin Macias if she wins.

Now on her 2nd term, Ramon believes her constant and passionate advocacy for transparency and gender equality would win her supporters across the partisan divide.

She pledges to offer ethical leadership free from personal interests. Her candidacy is viewed as a challenge to the entrenched political elites who used PCL Presidents to advance their personal interests while the welfare of the councilors takes a backseat.

On the other hand, the incumbent PCL President Jimalalud Councilor Chester Lim, who handpicked Bais City Councilor Jed Goni as Vice-President, presents continuity of his programs and initiatives.

These include: introduction of paperless sessions of the Sanggunians, which proved effective and environment-friendly for Zamboanguita, Manjuyod and Guihulngan City; provisions of portable generators; burial assistance of P 35, 000.00; health insurance for PCL members and the continuing education that allows councilors to complete a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Makati.

However, a neophyte from Siaton Mike Dungog has also emerged as a favorite after clinching the approval of Governor Roel Degamo, who enjoys the support of 14 of the 25 mayors.

Dungog confirms that his running-mate would be Bayawan City Mark Fudencio Aurelia as VP. Their sorties have been well received. (By Dems Demecillo)

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