*FICCO backs Jarales for Misor Board
Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma (left) 2nd District Misamis Oriental provincial board aspirant Fermin Jarales (right) pose for lensman after a few hours talk at bishop’s palace.
CAGAYAN DE ORO JOURNAL (Ben Balce/April 19) - "Go ahead!"
Thus said Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma days after provincial board aspirant for 2nd District Misamis Oriental Fermin Villaroya Jarales visited him seeking his guidance at the bishop’s palace.
Jarales, 28, among the youngest provincial board aspirants in the province, decided to file his certificate of candidacy a day after Ledesma’s "spiritual" guidance.
"I wish you (Jarales) all the luck in your candidacy," said Ledesma adding: "As you want to serve people for the common good is also serving God."
Earlier, Ledesma, vice-president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through the "Magsilingan Ka!", an interfaith, businessmen’s movement and similar groups that were recently created for clean and credible elections in the entire archdiocese.
Ledesma said, they are taking this step because of the lessons from the May 2004 elections that were widely believed to have been marred by massive cheating.
Jarales is running under Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PDSP) and is also the PDSP’s Cagayan de Oro chairman.
"My visit to the bishop is part of my decision to serve a larger number of people. Serving our people is one of my purposes being a member of Columbian Squire Marshall in the archdiocese," said Jarales.
In 1923, Christian Brother Barnabas McDonald, a noted expert in the field of social welfare work with young people, created an official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. What Brother Barnabas devised is the Columbian Squires. Jarales is also a Legion of Mary worker.
"To talk to the bishop seeking guidance is not to get attention from the Church, but an intention to continue serving the people as Columbian Squires member and a Christian," said Jarales.
Meanwhile, Ledesma reiterated that the Catholic Church would not endorse any politician or political party during their campaign sorties.
Ledesma said that candidates could only seek support from any religious group and not from individual priests.
"The leaders of the bishops’ organization through ‘Magsilingan Ka’ movement had a "free wheeling" discussion and openly expressing support for platforms of governance espoused by candidates through trans-partisan politics. " said Ledesma.
In a related development, the First Community Credit Cooperative (FICCO) expressed support to Jarales’ bid for the provincial board.
The 100 thousand-strong’ Ficco endorsed Jarales, himself being a Ficco board member.
Jarales is the second son of the 7 children of Mr. Ban Jarales and Mrs. Jocelyn Villaroya of Gimangpang, Initao, Misamis Oriental.
As to professional experience, Jarales was employed as human resource development manager of Misamis Oriental - 1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative, Inc. (Moresco) in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental from November 2006 to April 13, 2007.
"I resigned from my position at Moresco to prove that I’m serious with my candidacy," said Jarales, taking a snipe at his detractors.
He also used to the municipal administrator of Opol LGU from January 2002 to November 2006.
Jarales also worked as legal researcher at Dela Rosa Gomos Dayao Cantago & Narrido Law Firm in Cagayan de Oro from January 1998 to 2002.
He was also the assistant regional coordinator of the Federation of free Workers (FFW) Region 10 in January 2002.
He was an intern of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region 10 (Trade Promotions Division) in May 1997 and was employed at Cagayan de Oro – Iligan Corridor – Project Management Office (CIC – PMO) in April 1997.
Jarales is a product of Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) graduated (full scholar, Dean’s list) with the degree of BS in Development Communication
(Major in Journalism) from June 1994 to March 1998.
At present, he is taking up Bachelor of Laws (Third Year) at the same institution.
During his college days at Xavier University, Jarales was president of XU Aggie Student Council in 1997-1998; chairperson, Directorate XU Central Student Government in 1997 – 1998; Editor – In – Chief of ‘Communique’ college organ in1996; a ‘Crusader’ college organ correspondent in 1996-1997 and founder of Mastersonian Scythe Fraternity in 1997.