Caloocan City Vice Mayor and newly-elected 2nd District Rep. Egay Erice has proposed the holding of a “Unity Summit” in the city involving the major political personalities and groups who took part in the May 13 elections. Erice, who surprised critics by topping the 3-way congressional race that pitted him against incumbent Rep. Mary “Mitch” Cajayon and former Rep. Luis “Baby” Asistio, said he deems the summit necessary in view of the division caused by the midterm polls that he said now stands in the way of pushing for the “needed reforms and programs” to promote the growth and development of Caloocan and those that would directly benefit its residents.
“Naging maayos at matagumpay ang naganap na eleksyon at naihalal ng taga-lungsod ang nais nilang maglingkod sa kanila at sa bayan.
“Siguro, tama lang sa ating mga bagong halal na opisyal na magsama-sama kahit iba ang kinasanibang partido o samahan, tutal lahat tayo ay iisa ang adhikain -- ang maging maunlad at maayos ang Caloocan,” Erice said.
Aside from the losing parties and candidates, Erice also encouraged non-government organizations (NGOs), the youth, religious, business and civic groups to join hands with him in having the summit staged at the earliest time possible.
“Tunay na mahalaga ang isasagawang summit dahil matitiyak nito ang pagkakaisa naming mga bagong halal na opisyal kahit kami ay may kanya-kanyang inanibang partido at samahan,” the lawmaker added.
Erice over the weekend joined a motorcade around the second district so he can personally thank the residents for the trust and confidence they bestowed on him as borne by the election result.
He also proposed that all elected officials should bear the projects and programs they intend to pursue in order to realize the promises they made during the campaign period.
“Sigurado ang pagkakaisa nating lahat ay magiging magandang simulain sa patuloy na pagsulong at pag-unlad ng ating mahal na lungsod ng Caloocan,” added Erice, who is a close ally of Pres. Noynoy Aquino.
In response to his call, Erice claimed that several groups have already voiced approval of his proposed unity summit, noting that newly-elected Caloocan officials should follow on his footsteps for the sake of the city.