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Dumaguete City, Philippines Friday, July 1, 2016
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Mayor calls for unity, healing

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo yesterday called on the new set of officials of Dumaguete City to set aside politics and buckle down to work for the common good.

He stressed in his inaugural speech the need for unity and healing among the city's local officials, describing politics as the only divisive factor among them.

The 55-year old lawyer had served as mayor of Dumaguete for one term, from 1998-2001.

Remollo took his oath before Tomasa Amor, the barangay captain of Piapi, Dumaguete City, during the “Local Governance Transition: Turnover Ceremony and Jumpstarting Local Governance” program yesterday morning.

The mayor's wife and family members were present during the ceremony, which was also attended by a representative of President Rodrigo Duterte, department heads, City Hall officials and employees, and guests from the private sector.

The department heads formally turned over to Remollo their respective reports of the past administration under the leadership of Manuel Sagarbarria, who served for two terms as mayor but who ran and won in the congressional race for the 2nd district of Negros Oriental in the May 9 polls.

Remollo expressed gratitude and delight seeing that all the members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod, headed by its presiding officer, Vice Mayor Franklin Esmeña Jr., were present to jointly take their oaths of office.

“I am so happy that all of the members of the council, whether you were together with me during the elections or in the opposite camp, are all here”, Remollo pointed out.

He said he had earlier heard that some of the council members, especially from the opposite camp, were to take their oaths separately.

He even expressed certainty that he and Vice Mayor Esmeña will “see eye-to-eye” with each other, jokingly adding that when he stood next to the latter before the ceremony had started, it appeared they were just of the same height.

Esmeña and the 10 councilors took their oaths before Remollo.

The new set of Dumaguete councilors are Alan Gel Cordova, Karissa Tolentino, Agustin Perdices, Estanislao Alviola, JV Imbo, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Lani Ramon, Michael Bandal, Manny Arbon and Chaco Sagarbarria.

Remollo also administered the oath-taking of Boy Noay as the next barangay chairman of Calindagan in Dumaguete City.

The post was vacated after then barangay chairman Chaco Sagarbarria was elected as councilor of Dumaguete.

To avoid a vacuum, the first councilor, Boy Noay, was appointed to the post by rule of succession.*JFP


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