Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said their new mandate has given them the freedom to continue what they have started and implement new ones for the good of Bacolod City, as they envision the city five to 10 years from now, to become a metropolis competing with the major cities of Metro Manila, if not of Asia.
“This (Independence Day) celebration is very significant for our people and for the administration. Your voice has given us the inspiration to do better and better for the best of Bacolod City,”the mayor said in his speech delivered by City Administrator John Orola during the 121 st Independence Day celebration in Bacolod City yesterday.
The result of the election last May is the voice of the people, he said as thanked the people for their confidence and support to the Grupo Progreso.
However, Leonardia said that sometimes it is very difficult to battle against close-minded and politically self-centered critics. But the demand of the time says that they have to start new ways of doing things and even long before the election, they already had started inviting conglomerates and investors and seeing to it that the city’s delivery of public service continues to improve day by day.
He said that as the theme for this year’s celebration aptly says, “Pagbabagong Ipinaglaban, Alay sa Magandang Kinabukasan.” The change they have been fighting for is an offer for a bright future.
“True, indeed, because the framework of development we want for the city charts our future needs. This is charting the future of our children and their children’s children. Just as freedom is our legacy from our forefathers, a Bacolod City that we can be proud of is our legacy to them,” Leonardia said.
“Today there is a need to support, to believe in and fight for this development framework.Let us all join in this vision and in this desired development framework as we work together in peace and unity,” he said.
This is all they need, the will, the strength, the coherence or unity and the tenacity to fight against all odds, no bolos, no bloodshed, but only the true and pure spirit of a Bacolodnon who loves his city with all his heart and soul, he added.
Leonardia said the Independence Day celebration is also the most appropriate time to express their gratitude to those “who fought the battle and braved the bullets of the enemies so we could build a free nation”, as the country commemorate their heroism, patriotism, nationalism and self-sacrifice all for the sake of freedom for the country.
“Let us continue the fight, not with arms and bullets, but the collective action among us to fight what besets us and direct our own destiny to be free from the complex problems of today such as drug addiction that leads to the erosion of individual values, and family relationships,” he said.
There is the internal and external terrorism, and the threat of foreign incursion that endanger the country’s national security.There is still the big disparity between the have’s and have not’s, he added.
Leonardia thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for they have at least reduced the poverty level as there is now the looming of more and more jobs under the Build, Build, Build program.
“Here we see a glimmer of hope that our economy is now leaning towards the brighterside,” the mayor added.*
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