|Two factions composed of 23 village chiefs in Alaminos City|
unite recently at a gathering in a hotel-restaurant owned by
Rep. Jesus Celeste in Bolinao.
“Ang pagkakaisang ito ay nakasalig sa makatotohanang pagmamahal sa bayan na batid kong nag-aalab sa bawat puso nating naririto na binigkis ng walang pansariling layunin, kundi ang pagmamahal at kapakanan ng buong mamamayan.” This was the pronouncement of the merger of the two groups of Alaminos City barangay captains dubbed as ‘Magdalo’ and ‘Magdiwang’. Magdalo which presently has 11 members and Magdiwang comprises of 12 village chieftains indicated their unification last February 7, 2013 at the El Pescador Resort in Bolinao. According to Salvador Camba, Chairman of Brgy. Bued, what really fueled the establishment of ‘Magdiwang’ was the negligence of the city government towards the village chieftains who perform their duties and responsibilities. Further, instead of consulting the leaders of respective villages, the city government choose to coordinate with the former barangay captains, he added. Camba noted, “…naba-bypass na ang aming pagiging kapitan.” He emphasized that “Ang Magdiwang ay isang grupo ng mga kapitanes ng Alaminos na matapat at masisipag at mababait…” The group’s main goal is to deliver services to the constituents in a clean and respectful manner, he said. Meanwhile, Brgy. Capt. Eusebio Fronda Jr. of Brgy. Balidaan said that Magdalo was formed in 2007 mainly because of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) election. Further, he shared that the Mayor started to get furious towards them when some of them didn’t vote for a certain ABC candidate the leader of the City he was then supporting. Projects were started but remain unfinished, he described the Mayor’s leadership. Thus, he said, the group is still existing “dahil sa maling pamamalakad ng lider ng aming syudad.” The groups believe that together, they will be able to serve the people better. They stated, “Nagtipon-tipon tayo ngayon para ipagbunyi ang pagkakaisa ng ating mga barangay officials ng Alaminos.” The event is said to be historic as it signifies strong foundation towards peaceful and progressive Alaminos City , they added. “Ang pagkakaisa ang siyang napakahalagang hakbang upang makamtan natin ang tunay at tapat na paglilingkod tungo sa tunay na pag-unlad,” the village chieftains concluded.