Re-elected to a second term as mayor of Cagayan de Oro City last May, Mayor Moreno has hurdled political obstacles to drive the city as the premiere city in Northern Mindanao and as a vital economic hub of southern Philippines. Mayor Moreno’s first term covered June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2016. He is now in his second term.
While at the helm of City Hall, the City of Cagayan de Oro carved a remarkable reputation and prestige as the country’s “2nd Most Competitive City in 2014”; named by UN Habitat as the “Emerging City of Tomorrow”; declared grand winner of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) maiden competition of the “Liveable Cities Design Challenge 2014” and topped the 2014 “e-Readiness Survey Award” among local government units in the country. By putting words into action, he has now constructed over 400 classrooms in public elementary and high schools all over the city, and the construction of additional school buildings is in the pipeline.
He transformed a dilapidated city hospital, the JR Borja General Hospital by improving its services and infrastructure facilities, aside from introducing reforms on management and operations. He converted more than half of the city’s 54 barangay health centers into maternity care providers, offering free normal birth delivery services to all pregnant women.
Aside from health and education, Mayor Moreno adds another flagship in his second term – settlement and housing. He projects building around 30,000 new houses, mostly for informal settlers in the next three years.He was sworn in by President Rodrigo RoaDuterte as Chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council at the Malacanang on Jan. 19, 2017.
His career covers more than 20 years in the corporate legal profession and 15 years in public service. He started as a trial attorney at the Philippine National Railways and later became the corporate legal counsel of major financial institutions in the country such as the Far East Bank and Trust Company, Ayala Investment and Development Corporation, Ayala International Finance Ltd. (Hongkong), Bank of the Philippines Islands, Citibank, Ayala Life Assurance, Inc. and FGU Insurance Corporation. He then became Associate Director of the Strategic Planning Group of Ayala Corporation and Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel of BPI Capital Corporation.
His illustrious track record in the corporate legal profession had earned him accolades including an Award of Distinction from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the prestigious Outstanding Bedan in Legal Profession and Bedan of the Century from his alma mater, the San Beda College where he finished his law degree. Career in Public Service In 1998, he joined public service and was elected as the Representative of the First District of Misamis Oriental. In 2004, he was elected Governor of the Province of Misamis Oriental and reelected overwhelmingly in the succeeding elections in 2007 and 2010.
This fine gentleman’s passion for sports had also catapulted him to key positions in the country’s major sports organizations such as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines. He is currently the Chairman of the League of Cities of the Philippines. In the 2013 local elections, he was elected Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.
He graduated salutatorian at the Balingasag Central School and finished secondary education at Xavier University.
He took up Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manila; finished his Bachelor of Laws degree at San Beda College where he earned a Silver Medal for Academic Excellence. He took and passed the bar exams in 1975.
Among his international trainings include an Executive Program for Leaders in Development and Program on Budgeting and Financial Management in the Public Sector at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA; International Workshop on Privatization, Regulatory Reform and Corporate Governance at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA; Program on Fiscal Decentralization and Local Government Financial Management at Duke University, North Carolina, USA.
During his stint as Governor of Misamis Oriental, he took time to participate in the Mindanao Bridging Leaders Program at the Asian Institute of Management. He won the Galing Pook Awards in the years 2008 and 2009.