Mayor Neil Lizares took his oath of office yesterday together with the incoming Talisay City officials, administered by Regional Trial Court Neg. Occ. Executive Judge Anita Chua.
Vice Mayor Samuel Siote, councilors Charles Lizares, Jose Nicolas Jalandoni III, Rolin Meliton, Zenia Astorga, William Malan, Ivan Ereñeta, Rosalinda Tuvilla II, Angel Gabriel Villacin, Victor Fegil and Edmundo Celiz also took their oaths.
In his speech Lizares bared the projects Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ. 3 rd District) and Rep. Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod Partylist) have proposed to sponsor, including jumpstarting the potable water reservoir project in Brgy. Concepcion, and the construction of a concrete access road to the First Farmers Holding Corp. millsite.
Lizares said he received a letter from First Farmers requesting for the road construction to the millsite in Brgy. Dos Hermanas as the milling season in September nears.
The same concern was noted by Benitez on Tuesday, he said. As a result, Benitez and Paduano assured they will assist the city government in the road construction.
He said that the Abang Lingkod representative phoned him earlier yesterday and pledged support to his administration and to include the water supply reservoir in the partylist's national budget.
Lizares also said his administration plans to create more partnerships with the business sector from the micro and small entrepreneurs to big companies.
He said his platform will focus ASENSO: Agricultural productivity; Social advocacy; Environment protection; Natural and manmade disaster preparedness; Skills and livelihood opportunities, and; Open and transparent governance
“There is much to celebrate, but there is also a great deal to be done,” Lizares said, “Maybe we should stop trying to fix something that is broken, and start over in creating something better.”
As the 23 rd mayor to lead Talisay, he vowed to serve with integrity to inspire trust among people. He will not abuse or take advantage of the people he intends to serve, he added.*KBC
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