Defensor: Unity among elected local officials ‘indispensable’

ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. expects full cooperation from members of the league of vice mayors and councilors in making this province more progressive.

“The unity and cooperation among local elected officials of Iloilo is indispensable if we want to see and insure the success of all our programs,” Defensor stressed.

“This is why I always expect them to be my real partners in continuing what I have started – a clean, transparent and people-centered governance,” he added.  

The governor issued the statement following the induction of newly elected officers of the Vice Mayors League and Philippine Councilors League-Iloilo Chapter in his office on Tuesday.   

This year’s set of officers for Vice Mayors League here is headed by Hon. Cesar Gonzales of Lambunao town.

He succeeded Hon. Paulino M. Parian of Janiuay now the president of Philippine Councilors League here and an ex-officio member of the 11th Sangguniang Panlalawigan.   

Both Parian and Gonzales hailed from 3rd District where the son and namesake of the governor was re-elected congressman.

Other officers of Vice Mayors League are:

*Vice President – Vice Mayor Roel Jarina of Tigbuan,

*Secretary General – Vice Mayor Mark Palabrica of Bingawan,

*Treasurer – Vice Mayor Harnie Estebal of Batad,

*Auditor – Vice Mayor Rema Somo of Sta. Barbara, and

*Public Relations Officer – Vice Mayor Mary Ann Acejo of Balasan.


Sitting in their Board of Directors are:

*Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III,

*Oton Vice Mayor Jose Niel Olivares and Guimbal Vice Mayor Mary Ann Lujan (1st District),

*New Lucena Vice Mayor Nestor Sibolinao and Leganes Vice Mayor Joseph Allen Españo (2nd District),

*Pototan Vice Mayor Lito Ilisan and Janiuay Vice Mayor Joseph Anthony Luter (3rd District),

*San Enrique Vice Mayor Rolando Cordero and Passi City Vice Mayor Bonifacio Barbero (4th District),

*Carles Vice Mayor Siegfredo Betita and Estancia Vice Mayor Rodoel Aclaro Sr. (5th District).

The Philippine Councilors League-Iloilo Chapter, on the other hand, is composed of the following:

President- Paulino M. Parian of Janiuay

Vice President – Rochin Sherwin Sanchez of San Miguel

Secretary General – Jafet Salinas of Oton

Treasurer –Rene De La Peña of Dumangas

Auditor – Sally Lopez of San Dionisio

Public Relations Officer – Jose Donel Transporto of Tigbuan

Business Manager – Edwin Espino of Maasin

Board of Directors – Francis Xavier Salcedo of Sara, Christy Love Margarico of Guimbal, Horace Anthony Panes of Passi City, Rodel Sepanton of Lemery, Mariano Legayada of Lambunao, Warlito Bagsit of San Rafael, Kent Peñaflorida of Pototan and Isabello Acollador of New Lucena.

(Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)




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