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Liloan, Samboan new councilors took oath
By: Vanessa Almeda, Mylen Manto | Published Friday, January 29, 2021
The new councilors of Liloan and Samboan towns took their oath of office before Gov. Gwen Garcia. (Lito Tecson, Tonee Despojo)

Two new councilors of Samboan and Liloan towns recently took their oath before Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

The eldest daughter of the late Samboan Mayor Emerito “Tito” Calderon Sr. assumed the last municipal councilor seat left empty when his brother Mayor Emerito “Doc Tito” Calderon, Jr. assumed the post left behind by their father. 

As councilor, Marissa Jude Calderon-Alazas shared her priorities to provide and create livelihood for the people of Samboan. 

In particular, she committed to coordinate with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in its training programs in order to upgrade the skills of Samboanons.

If given the option, she would choose to chair the local tourism committee.

Mayor Calderon, Jr., in a separate interview, said he thinks his sister is qualified for the position considering her experience in the legislative office for almost 15 years serving different board members.

“She has the experience sa Provincial Board, so pwede siya og liaison o mahimo liaison kay kaila man niya tanan board members. She is familiar with the work sa Provincial Board, at least, naa mi connection makapatabang,” Mayor Calderon said. 

In Liloan, 60-year old Nelly Bernardo Lopez of Barangay Catarman assumed the post left vacant by the death of councilor Leo Pilapil.

Lopez is not new in the public service as he already served as municipal councilor for three terms from 2010 to 2019. 

In an interview, 5th District Representative Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco said Lopez is “very qualified” for the position. Lopez headed the Committee on Education of Liloan during Frasco’s mayoral stint.

He added that Lopez’ challenge is now to provide representation of Barangay Catarman to the Sanggunian.

“Ang ako pili-on mao ang Education. Ang amo gud nga priority sa Liloan mao ang Education, kay mao kana’y mabilin namo sa kabatan-unan nga dili makawat, dili mabaligya sa mga batan-on natong nang-eskwela,” he said. 

Aside from education, Lopez said he can also share inputs in terms of logistics and traffic management in the municipality as he has experience in the trucking business.

Lopez expressed his gratitude to Mayor Christina Frasco for nominating him to fill in the vacant seat. (Vanessa Almeda, Mylen Manto)