GOVERNOR Agustin Perdices has no new promises for any major changes in programs and projects for the province.

Inaugural address of President Benigno Aquino III

In his inaugural speech Wednesday morning, Perdices promised to continue the programs and projects started by late governor Emilio Macias II.

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He, however, said that his administration will be consultative and participatory.

Perdices also promised to build more classrooms, to improve health system in primary and district hospitals and to enhance the organic farming, which was also started by then governor now Representative George Arnaiz and continued by Macias.

But he admitted whatever efforts he will be poured for the province, it will not succeed without people's support.

He also begged the support of the people of Negros Oriental for the success of his administration.

Moreover, he is confident that local legislators will support him.

Vice Governor Roel Degamo, on the other hand, said that he will try to support all programs and projects to be initiated by the new administration, provided that it will be transparent and for the good of their constituents.

Degamo, who served one term as Provincial Board member under the Macias's administration, said previous administrations succeeded due to the unity of two branches of the local government unit, both executive and legislative department.

Arnaiz also took his oath of office Wednesday morning together with Representative Henry Pryde Teves of the third district.

Representative Jocelyn Limkaichong (first district) had taken her oath of office for her second term in La Libertad, together with some newly elected local officials of the area Sunday.

Executive Judge Lualhati Bustamante administered the oaths of office of the provincial and local officials, except for the vice governor, whose oath was administered by Regional Trial Court Branch 32 Judge Roderick Maxino.

Perdices took his oath of office as governor of Oriental Negros by virtue of the law on succession, because the reelected governor Macias died last June 13. (Victor L. Camion)