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The talent and commitment to serve

The great  American football player and coach Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers once said that individual commitment to a group effort is what makes a team work. 

That saying also applies to both companies and society at large. It also finds meaning in Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno's unveiling of his lineup for next year's midterm elections.

Moreno presented his complete lineup to the local media in last week's press conference and said the administration slate wasn't formed “to challenge the opposition" but to "serve the people."

He said he won't be surprised if the opposition also presents a united lineup to challenge him. "We are in a democracy so its expected that there will be people who will challenge us," he said.

I attended the press conference and noticed that he kept using the word “we" instead of “I" for emphasis. The administration lineup has incumbent Rep. Rolando Uy of Cagayan de Oro's first district and Councilor Yam Lam Lim who will run for the city's second congressional district.

Moreno said he needs both men to win so the city can secure more funding for its projects from the national government.

Uy's record speaks for itself and he continues to deliver services to his constituents in the city's first district which is why Moreno is ecstatic that Uy sided with him along with Vice Mayor Kikang Uy in the City Council.

Kikang Uy is no barrier to any projects and he knows his time will come when he will run for mayor. Lim, on the other hand, is no stranger to the city since he is popular in the grassroots level even before he ran for office.

Lim also is said to be popular to the incumbent Palace occupant across the Pasig river and there is no doubt about his winnability since the Chinese community can be relied on to support its own.

In terms of legislation, the administration councilors of both the first and second districts have been doing their work and can show to their constituents that they are working for them. 

Councilors like Suzette Magtajas Daba and Dr.Malou Gaane to name a few are known to be hard workers and I often wonder if they have a day off since they seem to be on the road all the time.

I don't blame Councilors Bong Lao and Eric Salcedo for deciding to run again. They serve to counter check any abuses and their loyalty to the party ends when their loyalty to the public starts. 

I asked Lao why he aligned with Moreno and he said that he personally "saw some of the basic services which were delivered to the people.”

Former city councilor Edgar Cabanlas is also poised to make a comeback in the council to represent the second district. I must personally thank Cabanlas for doing a great job in facilitating the titling of the lands occupied by settlers under the Piso-Piso program.

This is one issue close to my heart during my media days in Cagayan de Oro. I used a line made famous at the Max and Ruby cartoon  show when Ruby would tell Max “I know this for a fact: that the people were used for political reasons."

I believed then as I do believe now that the settlers under the program cannot legally own the land they occupied without titles unless they stayed there for more than 30 years and their possession is uncontested legally. 

Call it whatever you want had not it been for Mayor Oscar Moreno these people will be politically indebted to the previous Emano administration for nothing. 

But things did change when Moreno took over City Hall and Cabanlas facilitated the issuance of land titles for the settlers and for that they deserve the people's vote.

To make things clear, even those who didn't vote for Moreno and Cabanlas can rest easy knowing that they have land titles to legitimatize their claim to the lots they now occupy.

The same vote of confidence can also be cast for Councilor Roger Abaday. Moreno is right, his administration's lineup is a talented cast that is all united in serving the people of Cagayan de Oro.

Using another sports analogy, I conclude my article by pointing to what NBA legend Michael Jordan said about being a champion. He said while talent wins games, teamwork wins championships. 

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