BAGUIO CITY: Change seemed to be the underlying theme even on the local front as some candidates seeking reelection were toppled by first termers in the Cordillera and Region I.
In this city, outgoing Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. gracefully accepted defeat and congratulated incoming lawmaker Mark Go, who in his second attempt won with 45,687 against Aliping’s 40,766 votes.
“The first two things I wanted to immediately start with is the ‘Study now, Pay later Program’ and of course the joint development between municipalities of Benguet,” Go said following his proclamation by the city Board of Canvassers (CBoC).
Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who remained victorious against his political rivals, will be serving three more years as city mayor, in addition to his 15 years in the local government and another nine years in Congress. Domogan was first elected as city councilor in 1988 and since then rose to the top local executive post, and continuously served the city for 28 years.
He said among his plans is to immediately push for the construction of a parking building behind the Ganza restaurant to “help dish out the traffic in the Central Business Area”.
He also said the plan for a multi-level building of the city disaster risk reduction and management council, which will also serve as the city’s evacuation center during calamities, is underway.
Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, meanwhile, also won the vice mayoralty race against other candidates – Isabelo Cosalan Jr.; Betty Lourdes Tabanda; Fred Bagbagen and Jeffrey Pinic. Bilog, being the top Sangguniang Panlungsod member during the 2013 local elections, took over the vice mayoralty position when the late Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas died in May 2014.
Elected Sangguniang Panlungsod members were Leandro Yangot, Edgar Avila, Roberto Ortega, Joel Alangsab, Faustino Olowan, Elmer Datuin, Mylen Yaranon, Elaine Sembano, Peter Fianza, Lilia Fariñas, Arthur Allad-iw and Benny Bomogao.