SURIGAO CITY – Neophyte Surigao del Norte senior provincial board member Myrna M. Romarate, wife of Rep. Guillermo Romarate, Jr. 2nd. dist., Surigao del Norte) was elected as the new National Vice President of the Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines during the league's national convention in Heritage Hotel, Pasay City last Nov. 22-24, 2010.
Romarate. a former school teacher and later promoted to School Principal then District Schools Supervisor in Tubod, Surigao del Norte before becoming number one Provincial Board Member of Surigao del Norte, was PBMLPs 17th National Vice President who came from Mindanao.
The lady provincial board member has beaten Saranggani provincial board member Eugene L. Alzate, party mate of Peoples Champ and 8th time World Boxing Champion Rep. Manny Pacquaio, in the hotly contested PBLMP National election of officers for VP Mindanao.
Romarate got 114 votes over Alzante's 51 votes. Provincial Board Member Henry Bacurnay, Jr. of La Union was elected National President while actor politician provincial board member Gary Estrada of Quezon Province as Vice President for Luzon.
Romarate came to the convention as President of PBMLP-Caraga Region but clamor by board members from Caraga, Davao, Misamis and Zamboanga provinces for her to run as National Vice President had persuaded her to take on the challenge, the press statement furnished to this writer said. (PNA) RMA/Ben Serrano/utb