Youngest elected mayor in the Philippines

INABANGA, Newly elected Inabanga Mayor Jose Jono Jumamoy could be the youngest local chief executive to assume office in the country at only 21 years old.
But for Jono, who was elected via a landslide victory over his opponent with over a margin of over 6,000 votes, serving the people of his hometown comes as a great responsibility even with his extensive exposure to local politics and his academic preparations.

The US educated mayor-elect, son of Inabanga's former mayors, graduated with a double degree in Management and International Business at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida.

While Jumamoy admits he is a product of a political family, he says his decision to come home and run for mayor in his hometown came after finishing college in the US last November 2006.

In fact, he disclosed, it was never an easy decision considering he was able to secure a working permit in the States and a position at the World Bank which he applied for was already at hand.

"I could have lived a simple without the hassles of politics but I had to weigh my options," he said.

The realization that his education and training in the US could be a great asset if he comes home and, more so, if he will be given a chance to serve in his hometown, came not because his mother, incumbent Mayor Josephine Jumamoy was to end her third term.
The incumbent mayor ran and won as provincial board member in Bohol's second congressional district.

The young Jumamoy bared that he "owes it to the people" of Inabanga for being elected as their mayor. "When you are 21-years old, to be mayor is a big responsibility."
In fact, he was given a clear mandate with the election of his entire slate, from the vice mayor down to his eight candidates for councilor.

"I would be able to handle the position well," Jumamoy assured as he points out that growing up in a family of politicians, he was exposed early to politics as he was also a Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) president of Inabanga and vice president of the SK Bohol Federation before leaving to study in the States. More...
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