Political will embrace Monico’s leadership

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Thursday, January 16, 2014


GENUINE reactions gathered from Bacolod residents have shown that they are enthusiastic about the directions of Mayor Monico Puentevella’s moves to put order in some avenues of concern in this City of Smiles.

A resident of Villamonte said that the move to clean up and regulate the mess that illegal vendors are doing to the city is a sign that Mayor Monico is serious and will exert effort to show that he will not be a traditional politician who is afraid of his constituents. Many politicos are afraid to lose votes; that results to the increase in violators of the law, the resident stressed further.

Opening Bonifacio Street to vehicular traffic is a good start and residents hope that the city dad will make use of the Vendors Plaza that the past administration closed in time with the opening of the shopping mall across some years ago. Putting the vendors in that venue will not be a loss. Shopping mall patrons will find it convenient to buy their vegetables, fish, fruits and other basic needs at the Vendors Plaza.

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Some complaints say that the Mayor needs to address are the use of roads and streets in residential and commercial areas like the Gatuslao Extension bridge area where squatters build their houses just an inch from the road pavement. Motorists are complaining that they could bump on the houses or hit the residents sitting along the road with their trisikads parked on the road. The city government should act on this before any untoward incident occurs.

Last Tuesday, Mayor Monico was guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Bacolod South and he stressed his programs among which is the beautification of the Bacolod Public Plaza to be assisted by members of United Architects of the Philippines. He is also cleaning up the original City Hall where he will also hold weekly office to be nearer to the residents.

One good move that Mayor Newks has done is the establishment of the Department of Foreign Affairs passport office when he was a legislator. This time he is arranging for the Professional Regulation Commission to have a satellite office at the Bacolod Government Center and the possible transfer of the National Statistics Office at the original City Hall. Moves of a city dad like these are truly deserved by his constituents.

Congratulations to Cebu Pacific Air for opening the skies so that Bacoleños and Negrenses could easily reach Davao City and southern Mindanao with direct flights to Davao to commence on January 25. For sure this is a plus and we heard that topnotch travel writers from Davao City are flying in to tour the city and province to see how they could help promote Bacolod and Negros Occidental to the Davaoweños.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 16, 2014.

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