Celso tells brgy officials to mend fences, work together PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 10:44

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday called on newly-installed barangay officials to mend fences and work together for the benefit of their individual barangays and the entire Zamboanga City in general.

Lobregat said this, after administering the oath of office of almost 900 barangay chieftains, kagawads or councilmen and Sangguniang Kabataan chairmen from the city’s 98 barangays at the City Coliseum yesterday morning.

“Ya acaba ya el eleccion, debe ya kita man juntu-juntu y trabaja mucho para el bien hinde lang del de ustedes maga barangay, si no el entero nobenta’y ocho barangay”, the mayor declared.

The mass oath taking rite paved the way for the officials’ assumption into office effective 12 noon yesterday. The barangay executives’ thre-year term will end 2013.

“I appeal to all of you to put the interest of the barangay above anything else. We should unite and work together”, the mayor reiterated. “Servi kita con honor y dignidad”.

He likewise stressed that the new barangay officials should fulfill the programs of government that they committed to the constituents during the campaign period.

Meanwhile, District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian in a message during the oath taking rite also urged the newly-installed barangay officials to buckle down to work and help in the progress and development of Zamboanga City.

He cited the very significant role played by the barangay officials in helping attain the city’s development goals.

Councilor Abdurahman Nuño, Taluksangay barangay chair and incumbent president of the Liga ng mga Barangay in his opening message also reiterated the call for unity and solidarity stressing that by working together will result to better communities and ultimately better Zamboanga.

Following their assumption into office yesterday noon, the barangay chieftains will elect their new set of officers for the Liga ng mga Barangay on December 7 while the Sangguniang Kabataan chairmen will have their election for the Federation officials on December 3.

Also present during the oath taking rites were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Lilia Nuno, Myra Paz Abubakar, Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim, Percival Ramos, VP Elago, Eddie Saavedra, Joefel de las Penas and Mel Sadain and officials from the City Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) headed by OIC director Mohammad Taha Arakama.

Of the total 98 barangay chairmen, 88 ran in the October 25 elections, but only 56 won their re-election bid, while 42 others were new comers. The SK chairmen, on the other hand, are all new comers, mostly high school and first year college students.

By Sheila Covarrubias