CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III took his oath of office yesterday, with a promise to work hard and to deliver the product of his six-key development agenda aimed at improving the living condition of the Cebuanos.
“In 2013, we campaigned on the issue of good government. In 2016, we continue to believe that an honest, transparent, accountable, effective, efficient and sincere government is the backbone of real and sustainable progress,” Davide told the audience who witnessed the ceremony held at the Capitol Social Hall.
Davide said that they were almost sidetracked by intense, malicious personal attacks on his administration “by some of our fellow Cebuanos who wish for us not to succeed.”
On health, Davide said he will prioritize quality and accessible health care services, especially to indigents under the Philhealth’s Point-of-Care program.
He vowed to continue to provide assistance to the 72,000 senior citizens in various component cities and municipalities.
Davide said he will allocate some P200 million in Special Education Fund for armchairs and books to public elementary schools, construction of more classrooms.
A one-stop shop will also be established for investors, Davide said. Infrastructure, tourism, investments, trade and culture will also be among the governor’s top priorities.
“We will pursue our dream of world-class, functioning and corruption-free infrastructure for water, power, transport, tourism and connectivity through public-private partnerships,” Davide said.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and four members of the Provincial Board (PB) were also swore-in to office yesterday. They are PB Members Yolanda Daan (first district), Horacio Franco III (fourth district), and Christopher Baricuatro and Jerome Christian Librando (both for seventh district).
Court of Appeals Judge Japar Dimaapag administered the ceremony for Davide and Magpale, who are both in their second term.
Davide’s wife Jobel; his daughters Paje, Dia and Niña; and his parents and relatives also graced the ceremony.
Magpale’s son, PB Member Miguel Antonio together with his family, escorted the vice governor.
The mass was celebrated by Msgrs. Agustin Ancajas and Msgr. Cayetano Gelbolingo.
Bam-i, lechon, chicken inasal, steamed fish, biko, boiled sweet potato and banana with ginamos (anchovies), green mango with bagoong were among the Filipino dishes served for lunch.
The ceremony lasted for three hours.
After the ceremony, Davide held a meeting with Rep. Wilfredo Caminero (Cebu, second district), Sogod Mayor Moonyeen Durano Streegan and Santander Mayor Wilson Wenceslao at his office.
The other elected officials who took their oath of offices in their localities were Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot and Provincial Board (PB) Member Sun Shimura, who represents Cebu’s fourth district in the PB.
Mayor Glen Baricuatro, together with seven councilors and the new Association of Barangay Councils president, took their oath at Pinamungajan Municipal Hall administered before Rep. Gwen Garcia (Cebu, third district). Elisha Judy P. Tabaque, UP Cebu Intern/Airah F. Oquias, UP Visayas Intern