Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano yesterday said he wants to leave a legacy that Murciahanons will always remember and that he hopes to make the municipality the best town in the province.
So he challenged his fellow public servants to put aside political squabbles and leave their political dreams behind.
“Do not think about your political dreams but think of giving a good future to Murciahanons. Politics is hurting our success. If we cannot solve problems nationwide, I challenge my fellow politicians that we start solving problems of the town and give it the best quality of service,” Montelibano said.
He called also on all department heads and employees to be united and to brainstorm on what is best for their 90,000 constituents.
Montelibano said they can improve Murcia and make it the number one municipality in Negros Occidental. But they (public officials) cannot reach that goal without the unity and cooperation of the government employees. He also encouraged the employees to motivate each other.
He will do everything in his capacity to make Murcia the best town before he steps down and before he turns it over to the next successor, he said.
Montelibano said he wants to see poverty eradicated and make sure that everyone gets to have three meals a day, and to enjoy life to the fullest. Crimes and problems are ingredients of poverty. If there is no poverty, crimes will be eliminated, he said.
He also said he hopes that love and respect will continue in the municipality so it will rise and shine in Negros.
Montelibano thanked his family, the vice mayor and Sangguniang Bayan members and department heads, and barangay captains, as well as the barangay health workers for their support and cooperation.
He also asked school heads to never get tired of giving their constituents the best education. He also congratulated the principals and district supervisors for the results of their educational tests that have gone up for the past six years and encouraged them to continue teaching young students who will be the future of the town, he said.
Murcia Vice Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas also thanked his parents and family, the leaders of Grupo Asenso Murciahanon for their support, as well as Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ. 3 rd District) for his untiring and all-out support.
Rojas said he will complete his 15 years in public service in his last term as vice mayor. He was elected councilor in 2002 and was first elected vice mayor in 2010, he said.
For the next three years, they will try to give better service to their constituents, together with the mayor and SB. He hopes his service will not only be limited to three years but that he will be given an opportunity to serve them even beyond his last term, he said.
Rojas said Montelibano has his trust and confidence in his capacity to continue their programs for the good of the municipality.
”It's time for us to start working together and moving forward,” he said as he called on Murciahanons to be united with them to attain their vision for Murcia.
Rojas said they also hope their investors will put up more businesses to contribute to the growing economy of the municipality.
Certificates of citation were given to Leren Mae Bautista, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International; Lian Enumerable, Lin-ay sg Negros first runner-up; Jessica Zevenbergen, Top 12 Miss Philippines Earth; Fercy Almaiz, Mutya ng Pilipinas - Negros Island Region second runner-up; and Jiane Germudo, Mutya ng Pilipinas NIR 2016 as Ambassadors of Tourism of Murcia.
Montelibano, Rojas and the SM members took their oath of office before MTCC Judge Blas Nolasco yesterday at the Murcia gymnasium before members of their families, DepEd officials, department heads and government employees.
Murcia Councilors Jagie Gravino, Johnny Reosura, Belen Magbanua, Ruel Villarosa, Norberto Delos Reyes, Jose Gomez, Nicanor Constantino and Joselino Santiago Jr. thanked their supporters and pledged to serve them well during messages they gave individually.
The SB also approved a resolution expressing its gratitude to former councilors Sheila Gela and Adrian Olimpo, whose terms had just ended.*CGS
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