By: Joey P. Nacalaban (Sun Star July 1, 2010)
"WE will not stop on dreaming, we will make our town the best in Misamis Oriental."
This, in gist, is the promise made by re-elected Mayor Juliette Tiu-Uy of Villanueva town when she took her oath of office at the public plaza Tuesday morning, officiated by Municipal Trial Court Judge Wilfred Yacapin.
Along with Uy, eight members of the Municipal Council headed by Windelino Nalagon Sr. were also inducted into office. The other council members are Elena Abrea, Edwin Dagasuhan, Carmito Leon Tapongot Jr., Valeriana Ricacho, Paquito Mortola Jr., Enrique Zayas, Leneo Salvaña and Macario Lood.
Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Noris Babiera witnessed Uy’s oath taking along with Uy's husband, lawyer Julio Uy, who once served as vice governor of the province.
Uy said her administration would not be vindictive, citing that politics is over and now is the time to start building their beloved town.
“One of the thrusts of my administration is to uplift the socio-economic status of my constituents. It is a mission, first of all, to make this place more conducive to a vibrant economic activity," she said.
She added that infrastructure development such as roads, bridges, water system and power supply will be given priority.
“Human resource development has not been a problem since the municipality has even contributed to the world labor force by skilled overseas contract workers,” Uy said.
The town chief also boasted on the stable peace and order situation in the area, claiming that citizens armed only with handheld radios are watching the area 24 hours a day.
"We will continue to be united if only we want to progress even more," She said.
On June 2, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils. started the construction of one of its biggest production plants in Asia in Barangay Katipunan.
Also soon to open in Villanueva is Amley Food Corporation for its dried mango factory.
Uy said if completed, the plant can employ more than 200 residents.
On education, she said the local government unit had already collaborated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the town’s 200 scholars.
“The scholarship is a program of the local government unit to assist indigent but deserving students to continue their education,” she said.
Meanwhile, Babiera vowed for the province’s support to Uy’s administration.
“Governor Oscar Moreno is very much happy with the progress that has been enjoyed by Villanueva residents through the efforts of Mayor Uy,” Babiera said.