They’re not confusing when it’s palo and Santeria. When receiving kofa or Mano de orula, your babalawo who’s giving it to you, is your first padrino, a padrino in Ifa. He might tell you you need a rayamiento, or to be scratched. I got sent over to a tata who scratched me, who became my padrino in palo. I am making Ocha in a period of time, and I will have a separate Madrina there, with a yubon, who’s like the second in command. So in total, I have 3 padrinos.
One in ifa, one in Ocha, one in palo. You can have several padrinos or you can have one padrino for palo and Ocha.
However, I’m not gonna speak in absolutes. Palo and Santeria vary so greatly by house that sometimes it’s like each house is practicing a different religion. However one thing is clear, palo and Santeria go hand in hand and sometimes one religion will send you to get initiated in the other, and sometimes it wont.