Celso prepares for smooth transition of governance PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013 11:07

Mayor Celso Lobregat is gearing up for the turnover of administration to Mayor-elect Beng Climaco on June 30, as the City Government transition team created pursuant to existing laws and regulations is effectively mobilized.

The transition team, created through Executive Order 501 is intended to facilitate the smooth transition of local governance to the incoming administration. It oversees the transition process in order to facilitate the “effective turnover of responsibilities to the incoming/elected local officials”.

Lobregat issued the EO as early as April 23, 2013.

“Beng and I have sat together several times already,” Lobregat declared stressing that the preparations are well on track.

The transition team, headed by Lobregat and composed of representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the incoming mayor and other officials, is responsible for the conduct of an inventory of local government, including real and movable properties, the organization of all pertinent documents and records, and the turnover of accountabilities.

It is also responsible for the organization of the turnover ceremonies and the briefing for the incoming set of officials.

DILG City Director Mohammad Taha Arakama, Commission on Audit (COA) State Auditor IV Fe Lasay, all City Department Heads and a representative from a non-government organization (NGO) are part of the transition team.

Meanwhile, Lobregat is also pre-occupied with the turnover of infrastructure projects such as school buildings, barangay halls, covered courts, community police action centers, slope protection and irrigation facilities and numerous others, as he winds up his third term in office.

He said millions worth of projects will be turned over before June 30, the day he turns over the helm to Climaco and assumes as the representative of the City’s first District. — Sheila Covarrubias