MAYOR-ELECT Javier Miguel Benitez of Victorias City, Negros Occidental names some key officials in his administration over the weekend.

The actor-turned-politician, on the sidelines of the oathtaking rites of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Saturday, June 25, said he has already appointed lawyer Lindolf de Castro, a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman College of Law as his city administrator.

He said De Castro has worked under former executive secretary Pacquito Ochoa during the incumbency of the late president Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

"I'm delighted that he is taking on the task as city administrator of Victorias even though he is not from the area,” Benitez said.

He added that administrative work is minimal politics and maximum governance.

“I want him to focus on administration and leave the politics to the elected officials," he said.

Meanwhile, lawyer Medie Arbolado Jr. was appointed by Benitez as city legal officer.

He is from Victorias City but practices his profession in Bacolod City.

"We will give him the authority to practice law but he agreed not to take on any new clients and instead focus on the city government of Victorias," Benitez said.

Ge will name his appointee as executive assistant for finance soon, he said, adding that they "will have to check every move that I do."

Despite not naming the appointee, Benitez said that this person did very well at the Certified Public Accountant board and also did well on the audit side of the examination.

“We will do a re-organization of certain structures of the city government, especially the Bids and Awards Committee (and) will introduce new councils especially rainforest management and coastal management,” the mayor said.

Benitez also plans to form a transportation master plan.

On his first day, he is set to issue 10 to 11 executive orders on his first day in City Hall.

"We have been working hard and on the first day we will start to implement our plans," Benitez said.

Benitez, along with other Victorias City officials, will have their inauguration and oathtaking on June 29 at the Victorias City Sports and Amusement Center.