NGO Worker Gets Early Endorsement for 2010


THE Movement for Change in Politics is endorsing one of Cebu’s community development workers to run for Cebu City councilor next year.

The group expressed their support for Alvin Dizon, program coordinator for Asia of the Olaf Palmer International Center and executive committee member of the Akbayan party-list, to run in the May 2010 elections.

It is about time there is a new face in politics. We are putting the face of the masses in politics,” said Cathy Ruiz, executive director of the Center for Participatory Governance, a group where Dizon also used to work.

The Movement for Change in Politics is calling on multi-sectoral groups to participate in the selection of political candidates and to encourage credible people to run for political seats in 2010.

“This is a mass movement. We will be the ones who will spot the persons who we think should run in 2010. We will be the ones who will support their candidacy,” said Ruiz.


“Kita na mismo mo-apil sa pagpadagan sa atong gobyerno (We need to participate in running our government),” said Ruiz.

Forge executive director Ana Maria Rellin-Ngolaban, who has known Dizon for over 15 years, cited his work with non-government organizations and his dedication in helping the urban poor.

The movement’s endorsement came as a surprise, said Dizon. “I heard that there were plans, but I did not expect that they had posters. I had no idea na ingon ana diay. It’s quite overwhelming,” said Dizon.

Dizon told the crowd he accepted their call to run for office, under two conditions. “My running would not be a personal battle. This is not only my battle, but this will become a movement for change,” said Dizon. He added that he will not be the only one running, but that the group would spot other possible candidates.

Bimbo too?

Ruiz said they were hoping that City Administrator Francisco Fernandez would also change his mind and run for office next year.

“Hopefully, vice mayor unta,” said Ruiz.

The group is also hoping to persuade Luz Barangay Captain Nida Cabrera to run for Cebu City councilor.

The movement is also hopeful that Mayor Tomas Osmeña would likewise endorse Dizon’s running and consider him a candidate of the Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK).

But even without an endorsement or a pledge of support from a local party, Dizon added he will still run.

“If we are bringing the reform agenda, we are running with or without a local party,” said Dizon. (EPB)

Source: Sunstar Cebu, march 27, 2009

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