LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 29 (PNA) -- Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal administered the oath of office to the newly elected and re-elected barangay officials of the city on Thursday afternoon at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation here.
The ceremony was preceded by a Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Msgr. Ramon Tronqued, St. Raphael Parish priest, and attended by city elective officials and employees, business organization heads and civil society organization representatives.
Rosal said the barangay is the smallest but the most important local government unit because it is the base in a bottom-to-top approach of governance.
He said the most important thing in government is the delivery of good governance and the trust and confidence of the people to the government officials.
“You should always cooperate and work together for all the long-term development programs of the city administration to maximize the progress of the community as well as to attract more investors to put up business here that will help us sustain the economic growth of our city," the city chief executive added.
He said that these newly elected officials are now the legitimate people to govern their own respective villages by way of delivering square and honest public service, protecting the lives of individuals and meeting the needs of the barangay.
“They are the instruments for the implementation of all the programs and projects at their own respective localities for the continuous development of the city,” Rosal said.
He urged the village official to focus on the most important matters for the benefit of the barangay and cast aside politics.
Department of Interior and Local Government City Director Elmer Pecson explained that the oath-taking rite is the culminating activity of the barangay elections conducted on Oct. 28.
“This event will oblige you to perform your duties and responsibilities vested by authority pursuant to the law,” Pecson said.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD/PJN