VICE Mayor Jerry Yaokasin assured the Taclobanon that he would create “bridges” to make sure that the executive and legislative branches would have a good working relationship.
Yaokasin, a former councilor, was proclaimed in May 2013 polls as the vice mayor of the city.
Yaokasin, in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express, said that setting aside politics is the best way to build harmonious relationship among the newly-elected officials of the city.
“We hope that the new sets of elected city officials would set aside politics now, either they belong to the administration of Mayor (Alfred) Romualdez or his opponent (Florencio) ‘Bem’ Noel,” he said.
“Instead of creating walls, I would have to create bridges and unite the newly-elected city officials, particularly the council members for an efficient delivery of the basic social services,” Yaokasin added.
Four councilors elected during the May 13 elections are allies of Mayor Romualdez while six councilors belong to Noel’s camp.
He said one of his plans is to create an executive and legislative agenda (ELA) starting July 1, the first day of those who won during the May 2013 elections.
u201cCreating an executive-legislative agenda is necessary for all the programs to be implemented properly. Likewise, give and take relationship from among the executive and the legislative departments has to be considered,” he said.
Yaokasin said he is expecting so much from the councilors as he hopes that they would set aside their personal political affiliations in the interest of the city and its people.
u201cThey need not agree for the sake of agreeing, nor oppose for the sake of opposing. They should work and prove to the Taclobanon that they deserve (to their positions),” Yaokasin said.
Yaokasin said the people of the city could expect him to be fair on giving his stand as the presiding officer, particularly if he has to make a decision if a case arises.
“I would stand on my own and not allow anyone to dictate on my leadership. I would continue to be an independent,” he added.
Yaokasin, who is serving his last and third term, soundly defeated incumbent Vice Mayor Arvin Antoni during the May 13 midterm elections. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)