August 22, 2014

SHOW OF FORCE – Marañon taps councilmen as Alvarez nets barangay chairmen

By Marchel P. Espina

From left: 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Oscar Lactao, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Board Member Salvador “Bading” Escalante Jr. during the turnover of the financial aid to 26 rebel returnees yesterday.

The barangays appear to be the battleground in the May 2013 polls as the two emerging political forces in the province have started recruiting the barangay leaders to their respective groups.

Sensing that he can no longer count the help of most of the barangay chairpersons, Marañon has launched the Negros First Barangay Kagawad Association as he led the oath-taking ceremony of the barangay councilmen from 26 barangays of Victorias City at the Governor’s Hall yesterday morning.

Registered as Asosasyon ng mga Barangay Kagawad in the Securities and Exchange Commission, the organization has been tapped by Marañon to bring his projects directly to the barangay people.

The governor admitted that the barangay councilmen have been ignored by higher public officials who were used to deal with the barangay heads on development projects and programs.

“Through their help, I am sure that my projects will be delivered directly to the grassroots,” Marañon stressed, as he explained that it is high time for the provincial government to give importance to the village councilmen.

Marañon stressed that the Victorias City chapter is “the first one to put up a kagawad association,” as he claimed that more associations will be created in the different cities and municipalities. He emphasized that “the association is the beginning of a continuing relationship,” adding that “this is a good start.”

Marañon said that the association will serve as  liaison between his office so he can directly address the barangay concerns, problems, proposals and projects.

The association proposed if they can put up a “Kagawad Pavilion” that will serve as their official headquarters in Victorias, to which the governor replied: “Find a vacant lot in Victorias, so I can help you build the structure. We can’t build a pavilion without the lot.”/WDJ

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