Rellon: “Unique leadership styles of Baby S, YG, Cee O influence me”

Dec 9-15, 2010

It was first Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr who exposed Vice Mayor Allan Rellon to politics and governance when he was picked to become an administrator.
Tagum was still a municipality then when the current vice mayor first served as the municipal administrator for 5 years. The position was his ticket to subsequently hold elective positions- councilor for 6 years (three years of which under Mayor Rey “Chiong Oy” Uy during his first mayorship and three years under former City Mayor Gelacio “Yayong” Gementiza), and city vice mayor for 9 years under the current three-term mayorship of Uy.
Rellon was the college dean of the University of Mindanao Tagum College when former mayor Suaybaguio recruited him to join the government.
In an interview, he said that each of Suaybaguio, Gementiza and Uy has unique leadership style where he found valuable exposure and knowledge that helped mold his own leadership as an elected public official.
To him, Suaybaguio is a “stateman for good governance and transparency, a chief executive so careful and conscious to make decision especially when it comes relating with government’s money and policies.”
Gementiza on the other hand “is a down-to-earth makamasa politician, a typical one that the people like,” Rellon said.
“And Mayor Uy has a strong political and an output-oriented mayor who uses his powers and government resources to accomplish something even if at times he chooses an unpopular option,” he said.
He said that Mayor Uy, under whom he has the longest exposure, is a tough mayor, truer of his motto, “I better be misunderstood for doing something than be understood for doing nothing.”
The third-termer vice mayor said that he gained experience and appreciated each leadership style of his two former bosses – ex-mayors Suaybagiuo and Gementiza, and of current Mayor Uy as well. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)


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