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Posted in UNO Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2009 by joselito capariño


Local executives from across the Philippines have crossed party lines to express their support for Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) President Jejomar C. Binay’s plan to run for vice president in 2010.

Surigao del Sur Gov. Vicente Pimentel said the local chief executives come from all parties, including the administration Lakas-KAMPI-CMD, and span the major provinces of Pangasinan, Bohol, Laguna, Batangas, Cotabato, Surigao, Pampanga, Quezon and Camarines Sur.

“It just shows that this is not about partisan politics. My fellow local chief executives recognize the need for change and the need to empower the local government units. We believe that Mayor Binay will help us realize this goal,” he said.

Binmaley, Pangasinan Mayor Sammy Rosario said the local executives are unanimous in expressing their support for Binay, and have been informed that more mayors will join their ranks in a couple of weeks.

“We all believe that Jojo Binay is the example of effective governance, and whoever is elected president will benefit from having someone with Binay’s track record, experience, and concern for the common people as his vice president,” he said.

For his part, Kidapawan City Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco said Binay’s 20 years as Makati’s mayor is proof that the “he has the experience and political will needed in the executive branch.”

“We have seen what Mayor Binay has done in Makati . He has the competence and the know-how, and being a mayor himself, he knows the needs of local governments. He can help the president focus on social programs and help the local government officials in replicating his achievements in our localities,” Gantuangco said.

Meanwhile, Lucena City Mayor Ramon Y. Talaga Jr. said Binay’s idea to give more power to LGUs will help localities improve the services they render to their constituents.

“Right now, some LGUs are dependent on their Internal Revenue Allotments for salaries and wages for their employees and for development programs – if they are lucky. We need to review the disbursement of IRA, and all other funds for that matter, to ensure that localities have enough funds to create projects for their constituents. We need someone to speak for us in national government about this. I believe Binay is more than qualified to be that someone,” Talaga said.

According to Binay’s spokesman, Lito Anzures, the support for the Makati mayor reflects the true sentiments of the country’s mayors for change in national government.

“Mayor Binay has always believed that for the country to be progressive, the local government units must be progressive. He has shared his belief in LGU empowerment to his fellow mayors. They have seen it work for Makati . And now they believe Binay’s advocacies will work for the country,” Anzures said.

“This growing support for Mayor Binay is a message from the local executives that someone from their ranks would be the best to represent them in the national government,” he said.

Among the local executives who are backing Binay for vice president include Mayor Ferdinand B. Trinidad, Iguig, Cagayan; Mayor Cesar P. Baroña, Sr.,Lacub, Abra; Mayor Sandra Y. Eriguel, Agoo, La Union; Mayor Andrew Vincent R. Pagurayan, Sto. Niño, Cagayan; Mayor Wilfredo S. Domingo, Licab, Nueva Ecija; Mayor Peter B. Flores, Masantol, Pampanga; Mayor Angel L. Cruz, Jr., Hagonoy, Bulacan; Mayor Ariel T. Magcalas, Sta. Cruz, Laguna; Mayor Marilen B.Alonte, Biñan, Laguna; Mayor Rhyan M. Dolor, Bauan, Batangas; Mayor Ramon Y. Talaga, Jr., Lucena City, Quezon; Mayor Joy A, Cabangon, Gumaca, Quezon; Mayor Melencio L. de Sagun, Jr., Trece Martires City, Cavite; Mayor Luis A. Ferrer IV – Gen. Trias, Cavite; Mayor Lily R. Estoya, Calintaan , Occidental Mindoro; Mayor Eric A. Constantino, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro; Mayor Romar G. Marcos, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro; Mayor Jackson C. Dy, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro; Mayor Lemuel F. Cipriano, Concepcion, Romblon, Mayor Cicero C. Triunfante – Daraga, Albay.

Mayor Vicente B. Flores, Jr., Oton, Iloilo; Mayor Elyzer C. Chavez, Passi City, Iloilo; Mayor Rony L. Molina, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique; Mayor Dan Neri Lim, Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Mayor Reynato M. Latorre, Villareal, Samar; Mayor Gil Norman P. Germino, Can-avid, Eastern Samar; Mayor Cesar G. Tagon, Sr., Hernani, Eastern Samar.

Mayor Nenita M. Suyao, Kalilangan, Bukidnon; Mayor Arsenio A. Latasa, Digos City, Davao del Sur; Mayor Rodolfo Y. Gantuangco, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato; Mayor Carl Elias C. Lademora, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur; Mayor Dale Corvera, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Mayor Alfonso Casura, Surigao City; Mayor Mohammad Aquil A. Mamainte, Bayang, Lanao del Sur; Mayor Datu Mohammad Paglas, Sr.,Datu Paglas, Maguindanao; Mayor Datu Allandatu M. Angas, Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao; Mayor Datu Adbulkarin T. Langkuno, Paglat, Maguindanao ; Mayor Al-haj Bonnie Kali, Gen. Salipada K. Pendatum, Maguindanao; and Mayor Hussin U. Amin, Jolo, Sulu.


The Lesson of the Firewood

Posted in Sister Cities and Municipalities, Speech with tags , , , , , on August 18, 2009 by jojobinay

The Lesson of the Firewood
Mayor Dan Neri Lim
Sisterhood Agreement Signing
July 18, 2009

It seems like we are seeing the last days of brotherly and sisterly concern. There is increasing isolation within members of the family. It is each man to himself, survival of the fittest, a dog-eat-dog world.
If this morning’s event is any indication however, there is still hope for at least the cities of Makati and Tagbilaran. Today we celebrate the official bonding of these two great Philippine cities in a commitment of mutual concern for each other.

Makati has no need for Tagbilaran, or any of the three Bohol towns it has signed a sisterhood agreement with. By all indications, Makati is a city in itself, rising above the skyline of a country reeling from underdevelopment and even poverty.

That Makati has chosen to get out of its comfort zone to forge sisterhood agreements such as the one we are officially signing today speaks volumes about its commitment to national development. Makati is showing that it deserves all the progress that is has attained by its sincere desire to look after small cities like Tagbilaran and even smaller towns in different parts of the archipelago.

Much of Makati’s progress and concern is of course due to a man whose humility belies the strides that his city has achieved under his watch. While it is known as the country’s financial district, Makati under Mayor Jojo Binay has distinguished itself because of its pro-people program that spans its boundaries.
Makati-Tagbilaran Sisterhood Signing
Mayor Binay saw to it that the poor in his city are attended to, the sick afforded treatment, the elderly taken care of. Little wonder that the good mayor endeared himself to the people. After serving his three consecutive terms after the Edsa revolution, he was given three more terms in 2001.

Just as I consider Mayor Binay as a mentor, Tagbilaran also considers Makati as a big brother. On a smaller scale, Tagbilaran is giving the same quality service to its constituents – full support for public school education, free hospitalization, free maintenance and other medicines, concern for the senior citizens.
Just as Makati shines head and shoulders above its peers among the highly urbanized cities in the Philippines, Tagbilaran is making its mark in its category for small cities. Proof of this is that in the last four years, Tagbilaran has been adjudged no. 1 in quality of life twice in its category.

Just as it is an honor for Tagbilaran to be elevated as a Sister City of Makati, even more so it is an honor for me to affix my signature beside a man who is destined for higher calling in our country.
Makati is fortunate to have Mayor Binay at the helm for virtually its entire post-Edsa existence. To a lesser degree, Tagbilaran is fortunate for the special concern that Mayor Binay is giving it. Hopefully, we will remain special in his heart even when he will already have the entire country for his constituency.
This morning, Makati and Tagbilaran will formalize their common desire to promote and foster strong ties, mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill. In line with this, our two cities declare the same intention to create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened.

As a result of what we forge today, we can look forward to exchanges in the fields of science and technology, culture and arts, tourism, planning and urban development, commerce, trade and industry, education and sports, environmental protection, public health and social service among others.
Most of us understand that for the firewood to burn itself out, it must be lumped with other firewood closest to the fire. When it is separated from the others, the fire dies before its turn, failing to accomplish what it is supposed to do.

In this time of crisis, we need to be bound together to be able to keep the fire of public service burning until we are done. As we sign this sisterhood pact, we keep in mind the lessons of the firewood.
Good morning.

Sisterhood seeks to push Binay candidacy

Posted in Published Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by joselito capariño

By Chito A. Fuentes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 09:18:00 07/19/2009

Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010

TAGBILARAN CITY – While MBP,“May Bukas Pa” for Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, for Mayor Dan Lim of Tagbilaran, the acronym stands for “Mayor Binay President.”

Binay, who is also president of the United Opposition, had previously declared he was available for the presidency but has lately skirted any direct references to it.

However, the Makati service bus brought to Bohol for Binay’s visit had the slogan “Handa Na Para Sa Bansa.”

Binay came to Bohol for a two-day visit for the signing of sisterhood agreements with mayors Alvin Uy of Baclayon, Manuel Molina of Carmen and Claudio Bonior of San Miguel on Friday and with Lim on Saturday.

Lim maintained that he was not in the position to say that Binay was running for president, vice president or senator or that he was open for appointment as Cabinet secretary.

Nevertheless, he expressed his support for Binay. “I can only say that while MBP can mean ‘May Bukas Pa,’ I see Mayor Binay, President,” Lim said.

Binay explained, though, that “May Bukas Pa” was his favorite slogan, which he uses to deliver a message of hope in these difficult times.

He also recognized the Tagbilaran City mayor’s unequivocal support, a commitment made by Lim during a gathering of local officials in Makati several years earlier.

He expressed satisfaction that many of Makati’s pro-people programs were also implemented in Tagbilaran City.

Binay also turned over to Tagbilaran City a yellow multicab-type vehicle, bearing the words “Handog Kapatid ng Makati—Jojo Binay, Mayor.”

During his speech at the signing ceremony in Tagbilaran City, Binay could not resist taking potshots at the Arroyo administration, saying that he admired the courage of Tagbilaran local officials for coming out in the open for the ceremony.

“We will give copies of the videos taken here today to Malacañang to show them the warm reception that we got from you,” Binay told his audience in Filipino, eliciting laughter and mild applause.

Binay said many local government officials did not want to court the ire of Malacañang because they were dependent on internal revenue allotments.