Santiago to village officials: ‘Start working’

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – "The election is over and it is time to buckle down to work and start serving Fernandinos with dedication and commitment."

Thus, stressed Mayor Edwin Santiago on Saturday as he urged new and re-elected village officials to unite and support the city government's thrusts and various programs under the "Fernandino First" banner.

Some 35 village chiefs, about 15 of them new in the post, and about 235 Sangguniang Barangay members took their oath of office administered by Santiago and witnessed by 3rd District Representative Oscar Rodriguez who graced the commemoration rites of Gat Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary at Heroes Hall.

"This is a day of unity as we remember the heroism of our revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio. Let us not forget that this is not for ourselves anymore but for Fernandinos we serve," Santiago said.

He noted that the programs of the City Government are aligned with those of the provincial government as well as the national administration.

"But remember, progress starts in the barangay. Without your cooperation, our very foundation for development will go nowhere. Together, let us fight corruption and transform our energies into beneficial projects and services for the people," Santiago said.

He added that participatory governance as started by former city mayor Rodriguez must be continued even if some of the village officials are new.

"We will help you with laws, orient you with our thrusts and support you in your desire to serve. Welcome to good governance. Always keep in mind -- Fernandino First!" concluded Santiago.
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