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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kalibo town officials take oath, vow transparency in public service
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Regional Trial Court executive judge Marietta Homena-Valencia administered the oath of office of Kalibo mayor-elect William Lachica during the oathtaking ceremonies of newly-elected municipal officials at the Kalibo Magsaysay Park / PHOTO BY BOY RYAN ZABAL

KALIBO, Aklan - Newly elected officials of the capital town of Kalibo took their oath of office on Tuesday afternoon in a simple oathtaking program at the Kalibo Magsaysay Park.
Regional Trial Court executive judge Marietta Homena-Valencia administered the oath of office of the local officials led by mayor William Sucgang Lachica and vice mayor Madeline Ang Regalado, who both ran under the banner of Bigkis Pinoy Party.
Clad in Barong Tagalog, Lachica thanked his supporters and his family who worked hard for his candidacy. The new chief local executive, accompanied by his wife, children and siblings in the inauguration rites, delivered his 15-minute inaugural address urging his constituents to support the projects and programs in the next three years.
"This day is my new threshold in my life, after a series of setbacks, the people has spoken. I took it as God's will, that I won. And so I will start with no rancor and no distinction. I am heading a new team with no partisan, but with focus on sound governance anchored notably upon guidance we must adopt," Lachica said.
Lachica, a former Kalibo vice mayor, ran a campaign promising more transparency and openness in government transactions and in a platform of anti-corruption.
"Our mission is to serve our people, to achieve a peaceful and morally upright and reform society. With self-reliant, hardworking and law abiding citizenry, let us work together to enhance our social services to the poor and marginalized sectors. I'm no good on speeches, but, I'm sure I will work hard to deliver the basic services to Kalibonhons," stressed Lachica, who took over the local government from outgoing Kalibo mayor and elected Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Raymar Rebaldo, who has been the town mayor for nine years.
Aside from the duo of Lachica and Regalado, other town officials inducted were reelected councilors Emmanuel Soviet Russia Dela Cruz and Peter Jene Lao, newcomers George Quimpo, Mark Mitchell Sy, Rodillo Policarpio and comebacking councilors Dr. Nilda Tambong, Ariel Fernandez and Arnaldo Tejada, Sr.
Meanwhile, Vice mayor-elect Regalado also vowed to promote transparency and accountability in public service as she embarked for her new legislative job as regular presiding officer of the Kalibo Sangguniang Bayan. Regalado was elected councilor in 2007 and ran for vice mayor last May 10, 2010 elections.

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