A teaching position at the Faculty of Law Xavier-Ateneo awaits the outgoing mayor of Cagayan de Oro

“I led the Independence Day celebration in the city for nine years. It will be the last time, but the journey will continue,” said outgoing Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Mayor Oscar Moreno will resume teaching law after handing over leadership of Cagayan de Oro to its new leader by the end of the month.

The incumbent mayor spoke about his post-mayoral plans to reporters after he last led the country’s Independence Day celebration at Cagayan de Oro’s Plaza Divisoria on Sunday, June 12.

Sunday’s 124th Independence Day celebration was Moreno’s ninth since 2013, when he was first elected mayor of the city, and his 18th since 2004, when he became governor of the Misamis Oriental province.

“I led the Independence Day celebration in the city for nine years. It will be the last time, but the journey will continue,” Moreno said.

Moreno’s political career spanned 24 years, including a six-year stint as a congressman who represented Misamis Oriental 1st District beginning in 1998.

He would have liked to stay in public service, but lost the race for the triangular governors of Misamis Oriental in May to Gingoog City vice mayor Peter Unabia.

A corporate lawyer, Moreno rose to national prominence when he served as one of the House prosecutors in the now-aborted impeachment trial of then-President Joseph Estrada.

Moreno said he would teach law at the Jesuit University Xavier-Ateneo de Cagayan, where he received his formal education before going to law school in Manila. Teaching was something he did before he became a local general manager.

On June 30, Moreno would hand over leadership of Cagayan de Oro to a new mayor, Representative Rolando “Klarex” Uy of the city’s 1st District. The two have long been political allies.

Moreno said he would practice law again and was open to the idea of ​​consulting when he returned to private life.

He said he had already received offers for consulting work, but nothing had yet come to fruition.

ADDRESS OF THE LAST DAY OF INDEPENDENCE. Outgoing Mayor Oscar Moreno addresses a crowd that gathered in Cagayan de Oro’s Plaza Divisoria to mark the country’s 124th Independence Day celebration. – Froilan Gallardo/Rappler

During his nine years as mayor of Cagayan de Oro, Moreno made health a cornerstone of his administration and led the city as it struggled through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Moreno, the town hall embarked on a COVID-19 vaccination program that saw some 750,000 residents vaccinated. This number represented 98% of the residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine identified by the town hall.

The pandemic has so far claimed 931 lives and the town hall had a total of 25,821 residents infected in two years as of April 11. There were, however, 24,861 recoveries.

Moreno had three hospitals built during his tenure, two of which – the Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (CEREID) medical facility in Barangay San Simon and the hospital in Lumbia – were built during the COVID-19 pandemic. .

Asked if he plans to run for public office again in three years, Moreno replied, “I don’t have any plans for 2025 yet.” – Rappler.com

Jon J. Epps