“Pagpakabana ug Panaghiusa Alang sa Mauswagong Lungsod.” Abante Dalaguete!

Dalaguetnon leaders took oath in front of Congressman Caminero last June 22, at the Dalaguete Sports and Cultural Complex.

Almost three hundred elected Dalaguetnon officials from the last Barangay and SK election  took their oath in front of Congressman Willy Caminero of the 2nd District of Cebu last June 22. The theme of the event is “Pagpakabana ug Panaghiusa Alang sa Mauswagong Lungsod:  Abante Dalaguete! The event was a whole day affair that started with a thanksgiving mass at 9:00 at the San Guillermo De Aquitania Paris. The mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Eligio Almizol Jr. of our Lady of Consolation Parish, Manlapay. He was assisted by the new parish coadjutor, Rev. Fr. Bernald Agustines. Fr. Almizol shared a very on-point homily about the carabao which was compared to the modern day politician. On the first few weeks, the carabao always works for 24 hours, until such time that it got tired and bored. In the long run, it only worked for an hour in a day until it stopped. The priest reminded the elected officials to serve willingly, with passion and with intense fervour towards the development of the community.

“Your life starts today. You are now at the stage and everyone is watching your every move.” These were the words from Congressman Willy Caminero that resonated at the Dalaguete Sports Complex right after the thanksgiving mass. The elected officials were all resplendent in their best white formal attire. The ceremony was spear-headed by the Mayor Ronald Allan G. Cesante himself, together with the Sangguniang Bayan members who were equally resplendent in their polo-barong and welcoming smiles. Also invited were the schools supervisors and head teachers from the district schools of Dalaguete including the private schools. Added to the population of the leaders were the newly-elected Sangguniang Kabataan Chairmen and their councilors in the 33 barangays of Dalaguete who were full of excitement for service towards their designated barangays. Vice-Mayor Jeffrey B. Belcina welcomed everyone heartily and introduced the Sangguniang Bayan members. Followed right after was a message from Hon. Jose Mari “Tata” Salvador, Board Member for the 2nd District of Cebu who gave his felicitations to the elected officials and hoped for the best for the up-coming mission to the community.

Before the turn-over of the key of responsibility, the mayor gave a short welcoming speech to the officials both old and new in politics. He gave emphasis to the elected SK Chairmen and Sk Councilors to give full service especially to the youth in their barangays. He expanded the theme, to act in accordance beyond service since governance is all about service to the people. Further, he urged the barangay captains to look beyond their area of jurisdiction especially being extra-sensitive to the needs of others since it is what service is all about. He thanked everyone for the successful event. Followed therein was the symbolic turnover of the service key to the barangays that had new barangay captains. These barangays are Babayongan, Consolacion, Dugyan, Jolomaynon, Malones, Maloray, Manlapay, Nalhub, Obo, Obong, Sacsac and Tapon. The symbolism of the turn-over of the service key involves the chances, choices and goals new leaders will create and to establish that goals in a way that the community would be up-lifted to higher grounds.

Furthermore, Congressman Caminero gave his warm message to the new elected officials about simple sustainability not just to survive but to thrive for the best of the society through service. He encouraged the officials to always do well and be the role model in the society since their lives are on stage the moment they decided to run for public service. In addition, he shared his experiences, his humble beginnings in politics. The one that really got the audience hooked was his symbolic perception of wearing the national costume, Barong-Tagalog. He said, he felt his citizenship as a Filipino while wearing the Barong-Tagalog and he challenged the elected officials to serve well like a true-blooded Filipino since the town cannot run without its leaders with the primary task of safeguarding the town and the people. The elected officials now are on a stage, every move matters. Service should be a primary objective of a leader. He concluded that a real public servant is denying his or her own self most of the time to cater the needs of the town and the people and it takes a lot of courage to accept that one basic fact of being one.

The second part of the activity was opened by Mrs. Easter-April R. Quirol, Municipal Local Operations Officer from the Department of Interior and Local Government right after everyone partook in the sumptuous lunch. She congratulated the elected officials and briefed them on the necessary papers that are needed before they can take office on June 30. She further gave the officials their basic job to the community and their responsibility. This activity is obviously the beginning of bridging gaps, addressing the problems and creating sustainability in Dalaguete as a team to the next generation.