Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya yesterday said he will continue the projects started by Mayor Evelio Leonardia when he was congressman of Bacolod and hopes they can finish them before the end of their terms.
Gasataya said they have also received information that by 2017 the Bacolod Economic Highway that was pushed by Leonardia will already be implemented.
He said the bill he re-filed reapportioning Bacolod City into two legislative districts was accepted by the House of Representatives on June 30.
They have committed this to the people during the election, he said adding that it is high time that Bacolod should have two congressional districts.
Gasataya said he also hope Senators Franklin Drilon, Aquilino Pimentel lll and Manny Pacquiao will help Bacolod so the bill will be filed by 2019 and the city will have two congressional districts.
House Bill 147 or an “Act Reapportioning the Lone Legislative District of Bacolod and Thereby Creating a New Legislative District from such Reapportionment”, provides that the Sangguniang Panlungsod will be composed of the vice mayor as presiding officer and eight regular members of the SP for each district, including the president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, Sangguniang Panlungsod president, and other sectoral representatives as members.
Gasataya was sworn into office by Drilon yesterday, while Leonardia took his oath before Pacquiao, and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran took his oath before Pimentel.
The councilors took their oath before Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Anita Chua.
Only Verdeflor and Palermo from the Partido MKK attended the inaugural ceremony of the city officials of Bacolod City yesterday at the government center, while Councilors Wilson Gamboa Jr. and Claudio Puentevella did not show up.
Present were Councilors Cano Tan, Caesar Distrito, Cindy Rojas, Renecito Novero, Em Ang, Elmer Sy, Dindo Ramos and Bartolome Orola.
The inauguration was supposed to be held in front of the government center but because of the rain, it was transferred to the lobby of the facility.
Meanwhile, Gasataya said people expecting a lot from them is the reason why Grupo Progreso was given their mandate.
Aside from the top three positions, majority of the councilors of Grupo Progreso were also elected.
Gasataya assured the people that he does not get tired working as long as he can see the changes and the improvement for the betterment of the people of Bacolod.
He also thanked all those persons who supported him during the campaign, including Abang Lingkod Partylist Rep. Stephen Paduano and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd Dist.), who, just like Leonardia, believed in him and saw his potential.*CGS
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