OUTGOING Kabankalan Mayor Pedro Zayco bade goodbye to some residents in four barangays in the southern Negros Occidental city during the distribution of housing assistance to the victims of Typhoon Odette on Monday, May 30.

The distribution of assistance was held at the gymnasiums in Barangays 9, 1 and Talubangi.

"As the saying goes, nothing lasts forever... It is the will of people, we have to respect it," Zayco said, as he accepted his defeat to incoming Mayor Benjie Miranda, an incumbent kagawad of Barangay Tan-awan.

Miranda won by a slim margin of 278 votes over Zayco in the May 9 elections.

"We are leaving the Zayco legacy for 30 years and my family is happy that I now returned to them and spend my private life with them," he said.

Zayco, with his older brother former governor and mayor Isidro Zayco, made Kabankalan as the eighth locality to become a city in Negros Occidental and the 69th all over the country on August 2, 1997.

The city also acquired its new city hall, public market and began the construction of Kabankalan City airport under the reign of the Zaycos, as well as the hospital in the city that is run by the local government, among others.

Concreting of almost all city roads have been made also under the administration of the Zaycos.

There will be a turnover of the city to the new administration and that he is transparent and ready with all the documents, the outgoing mayor said.