By: Rodrigo S. Victoria
Naval, Biliran (12 July) – Six out of the seven municipal mayors comprising the eight municipalities of the province of Biliran unanimously elected Kawayan Mayor Gerardo S. Espina, Sr. as President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)-Biliran Chapter held today at Biliran Garden Resort (BGR).
Mayor Espina, Sr. was voted by Mayor Dominador Agajan of Almeria, Mayor Leandro Enage of Biliran, Mayor Gemma Adobo of Cabucgayan, Mayor Eulalio Maderazo of Caibiran, Mayor Enrico Uyvico of Culaba and Mayor Uldarico Macorol of Maripipi. Mayor Susan V. Parilla of Naval was absent during the election.
The other elected officers of LMP-Biliran Chapter were: Enrico Uyvico-Vice-President, Dominador Agajan-Secretary, Gemma Adobo-Treasurer, Eulalio Maderazo-Auditor and Leandro Enage and Uldarico Macorol as Board of Directors.
Mayor Espina, Sr., the newly elected LMP-Biliran Chapter president in his short message urged the mayors present to allocate funds for the beautification of the Biliran Circumferential Road by planting ornamental and flowering trees along the national highways.
He also emphasized to the members of LMP-Biliran Chapter to give livelihood to their respective constituents as he set as an example his plan of improving the fishing industry in Kawayan by providing payaw to fishermen to improve fish catch. He also planned to tap the assistance of the Department of Agriculture (DA) along this line through the provision of boya.
He likewise presented to the group of mayors the possibility of asking financial assistance from senators to finance various development projects of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in Biliran province.
He reminded the new members of the LMP-Biliran Chapter to facilitate the payment of LMP dues to the national LMP so the chapter can participate in the activities that will be undertaken by the LMP national chapter.
The conduct of the election was facilitated by newly-elected Board Member of the first district of the province of Leyte and former mayor of Tanauan, Atty. Roque Tiu, representing the LMP-national chapter and Atty. Naomi C. Tumandao, the new Provincial Director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Biliran province. (PIA-Biliran)