Sta. Fe barangay officials join One Cebu

ALL barangay officials in the town of Sta. Fe in Bantayan Island now officially belong to One Cebu.

They took their oath during a ceremony led by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, the head of the party, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

Sta. Fe Mayor Ithamar Espinosa said that one of the reasons the officials joined One Cebu was because of the continued development in the town, especially in the field of tourism, under Garcia’s administration.

“Sta. Fe suddenly became popular. Barangay officials who were not with One Cebu saw this and realized that they were better off joining One Cebu,” he said in Cebuano.

Lionel Castillano, election supervisor of the Commission on Elections Cebu Province, explained that barangay officials are considered to be non-partisan, meaning they do not take sides with any party, especially during the election or when the certificate of candidacy (COC) is submitted.

“Meaning in the filing of their COC, they cannot attach a nomination from the political party... Some legal experts would say they are also covered by freedom of association as provided for under the Constitution,” Castillano said.

Governor Garcia, for her part, said she was very grateful for the support and the decision of the barangay officials to unite, especially in providing proper service to constituents.

She hoped that this would set an example for other towns and barangays to unite for a more prosperous Cebu.

Local officials in Camotes Islands are scheduled to be sworn in to One Cebu next. (ANV, PJB)