MANILA Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso's presidential bid got another major backing following the formal designation of the Alliance for Isko Movement (AIM) as the multisectoral arm of Aksyon Demokratiko, the political party founded by the late Senator Raul Roco.

Domagoso and AIM President Freddie Go signed the Memorandum of Cooperation on Wednesday.

"Kami ay naniniwala sa kakayahan, kagalingan at karanasan ni Mayor Isko Moreno bilang isang lider na nararapat lamang na maging pangulo ng ating bansa (We believe in the ability, excellence, and experience of Mayor Isko as a leader and is only worthy to be the president of our country)," Go said.

AIM is an umbrella of volunteer groups made up of individuals and organizations supporting Domagoso's "Buhay at Kabuhayan" (Life and Livelihood) agenda.

It has chapters and members across the country that are actively gathering and solidifying support for the mayor to ensure his election victory.

According to Go, their primary aim is "to further enhance and strengthen the support" for Domagoso's presidential bid and "encourage non-politicians to join Aksyon Demokratiko."

The move comes following the mobilization of volunteers under the IM4P, or Isko Moreno for President Movement, which has coordinators in 78 provinces, 120 cities, 1,109 municipalities and more than 35,000 barangay (villages) nationwide.

Bagong Pnoy, a group that helped the late President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino 3rd, is now also allied with IM Pilipinas, a mass-based volunteer group led by former Transportation undersecretary Tim Orbos.

Other groups that expressed support for Moreno's candidacy include the Cebu-based Primo-ISKO (President Isko Moreno-Isulong ang Serbisyo sa Katawhan nga Organisado), Kapampangans for Isko, Isko Northern Alliance (INA), Seniors para kay Isko, Isko Tayo Kabataan, Cordillera People's Liberation Army, Pilipinas God First United Bangsamoro Isko for President coalition, Muntinlupa Isko Supporters, Truck Drivers of the Philippines party-list, and the Federation of Quezon City Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association.

Big labor groups have also expressed their support for Moreno, led by the 100,000-strong Philippine Trade and General Workers Organization, National Association of Trade Unions, All Filipino Workers Confederation, Association of Minimum Wage Earners and Advocates, and 1-Pangarap Pilipinas, as well as the health workers group Buhay Kalinga, Pinoy Ako and Isko Tayo Movement.