By Joey A. Gabieta
Inquirer Visayas
First Posted 17:17:00 07/10/2010

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla is a shoo-in for chairman of the Regional Development Council in Eastern Visayas.


Newly-sworn Hilongos, Leyte Mayor Jose Emery Roble (2nd from left), answers questions from the media regarding his plans and programs during a press conference held recently at the Hilongos Mayor’s Office on the occasion of a “Thanksgiving Party” he tendered, which was attended by top provincial and municipal officials. Also in photo (l-r) are Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho Petilla, Vice Mayor Panfilo Go and Board Member Carlo Loreto of the fifth district of Leyte. (JOSE RODRIGUEZ T. SEÑASE) LSDE

The governors of the region’s four other provinces have agreed to support Petilla’s bid to become the next RDC chairman in Eastern Visayas, Northern Samar Governor Paul Daza said Saturday.

Daza, the president of the regional chapter of the Governors League of the Philippines, said that their decision to support Petilla was reached during their meeting Wednesday night in Manila.

He said they decided to back Petilla as he was the most senior governor in the region and the one most familiar with regional issues.

Daza said that except for Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan, all the governors in the region were present during the meeting.

Present in the meeting were Governors Petilla, Daza, Gerry Boy Espina (Biliran), Conrado Nicart (Eastern Samar) and Damian Mercado (Southern Leyte).

Except for Petilla and Mercado, all the other governors in the region are first timers. Petilla won his third re-election bid while Mercado was elected for a second term.

Petilla, in an earlier interview, revealed his desire to become the next chair of RDC, a regional body that serves as a policy and recommending body for programs and projects in the region that require support, mostly funding, from the national government.

Aside from the governors, the RDC voting members are the city mayors, presidents of municipal mayors leagues; regional directors of major government agencies; and representatives from the private sector.

While it is the members of the RDC who elect their chairman, the final approving authority is the President. Daza said they did not believe that President Aquino would object to appointing Petilla as the region’s RDC chairman.

Petilla ran under the Lakas-Kampi-CMD but he supported the presidential bid of Aquino, who ran under the Liberal Party.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Maayo unta kung ang taligsik sa Reginal Development Council makaabot diri sa Biliran kay aron madugangan pud ang kaayuhan sa atong probinsya.

    Mas panghinauton naku nga mauna unta ang pagstrengthen sa atong water systems. Pagkalisura ning walay tubig.

    Panawagan alang sa resignation ni Mayong gikan sa NWD. Hatagi na mi sa among gikinahanglan nga tubig. Malibang mi, wa mi iilo. Mag toothbrush mi, wa mi ihugas sa among baba. Alang man ug ang among giilo nga tubig among saluron aron maoy among ihugas sa among baba.

    Pagresign na Mayong!

  2. oi flint ka kita diay sa sayop ni MAYONG ROBENTA sa mga karomal domal nga gi bohat sa PAMILYA BAKAG ESPINA. di mo nakita og di mo na narinig..wala ka kahibalo osa sa nag pahinay sa tubig. sa naval ang biliran espina garden..kay naghimo sila private na linya tubig gi namit ang mga tubo PVC BLUE GIKAN SA KAPITOLYO naka tamay gayod ni c DOK roger BAKAG sa mga taga BILIRAN gi kawat sa atobang amg mga pvc pipe premero gi pasa ngil sa guardya kno onya halata man gayod deli puede kawaton kong wala kay dako truck nga kargahan kay dagko kau kni nga pvc og daghan ang gamiton onsa nahitabo gi hilom nlang ni dok bakag pag kalooy sa guardya gi lay off nalang c GILBERT DELFIN duna gayod kini ebedinsya bisan pa kob kobon ang linya sa tubig mao gayod nga PVC kinahang sab mo resign sad c DOK ROGER BAKAG

  3. OHWATTAH,

    Bisan kinsa pa siya, kung nakasala siya sa lungsod kinahanglang pahamtangan siya sa silot sa balaod.

    Aw, kung naa man kaha kay ebedensya batok kang DOK ROGER, aw gukora!

    Ang nakadaut nimo ug sa imong mga kauban kay pirmi mo naay ebedensya, unya kung i-agi na sa korte, wala man lagi.

    Ang rally pananglitan, nagtigom ang mga tawo tungod sa ebedensya kuno nga dunay mga nadakpan nga flying voters. Unya sa didto na si Chong sa atubangan ni Locsin, wa man siya maghisgot ug flying voters.

    Miingon mo nga si Espina Sr. maoy mastermind sa pagpatay kang Ex-Gov. Parilla. Nagpaabot ko nga maposasan ug mapreso si Espina sa maon salaod nga inyong gipasangil, pero wala man lagi mo makahimo hangtud karon! Hain na man kanang iyong ebedensya.

    Ang ako lang, molusot na unta sa among gripo ang tubig sa NWD.

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