Viray: A Veteran Legislator

A VETERAN is defined as “person who is long experienced or practiced in an activity or capacity.”

I know a person who has been a Councilor for the last 27 years. He was initially elected in 1988 and served the maximum of three until 1995.

He had an hiatus of three years after which he returned in for another three terms 2004-2010. He had to rest for the years 2011 to 2012.

Not actually rest but he served as the City Engineer of San Fernando. He resumed his elective post in 2013. He is a cinch to be reelected in 2016.

Make no mistake about it. He started young. Barely out of college in 1983, he was elected as the youngest Barangay Captain of Barangay San Isidro.

Having served his Barangay to the full satisfaction of his constituents, he was persuaded to run for a higher position. This man has never lost on election in the City.

He came well-prepared. He is a licensed Civil Engineer. In fact, he is the dynamic President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (Pampanga Chapter). He has obtained his masters in public administration.

This year, he defended his dissertation, “The Performance Governance System of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga: Basis for Policy Proposals.” He passed the defense with flying colors, so he is one of the few experts in the field of public administration.

Service runs in his veins. He imparts his skills, techniques to the young people. He is a professor at the University of the Assumption, City College and at the Our Lady of Fatima University.

He is one Councilor whose voice is respected within the halls of the Sanggunian. When he stands up, everybody listens including his bosom buddy, Mayor Edsa of the City. Their friendship dates back to the year 1888, the first election after the EDSA revolution.

He is the chairman of the most powerful committee (Appropriations) because he knows the how's and why’s of budgeting. This veteran is an asset to the City. Just like wine, he becomes better inn aging. Meet the veteran. Councilor Nelson G. Lingat He deserves our trust.
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