In his inaugural speech, Magalong stressed the collaboration and support of all people, organizations and the different offices and agencies to achieve the change needed for the city.
"Restoring Baguio, retrieving even a part of its old glory and charm will need the concerted action of everyone, whether governing or governed," Magalong said.
He emphasized that he values the support and cooperation of the entire work force of the City Government as well as every colleague in the national government service. "With a strong partnership anchored on the principles of seamless cooperation, collaboration, coordination and communication, I am completely committed to make Baguio a better City for everyone. This I will do, not just as a mayor, but as a leader who listens with a healthy respect to everyone, who leads by example, and someone who is willing to make the tough decisions at the right time."
He said that the people of Baguio should agree that now is the best time for change, and change is what Baguio will get, adding that "something positive, something drastic, something decisive and timely must be done, to address and regulate the development activities happening, right under our noses.”
He is confident this will be journey together with Congressman Mark Go, Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and the city councilors who he said is with him. “I know that the spirit of cooperation is well instilled in our heart. Together, we can and we will efficiently and effectively govern Baguio with a breathe of fresh air.”
On Monday, during the first flag raising ceremony of the newly installed officials, the Baguio City Hall Employees Association and the Association of City Executives President led by Budget Office Leticia Clemente pledge support to the incoming officials.
“We have the legal mandate to respect and obey leaders who mirror the people. We welcome change and we are ready to accept and enjoy the ride within the bounds of the law,” she said.
Magalong, a respected retired police general, outlined his priorities for the next three years in consonance with the mandate and in fostering public transparency and accountability. These include sustaining the transparency program of the past administration but it will be raised to the next level by providing the City Council periodic briefing of the city’s financials; For the government procurement committees to hold in abeyance for at least two weeks the award of bidded out infrastructure and services projects until these are favorably reviewed for contractual obligation, and that fixers have no place in City Hall.
For the City Engineers Office and City Building and Architect Office to strictly implement the safety standards and procedures in all project sites effective July 1. All workers should be required to wear their personal protective equipment. Contractors shall be held accountable for any violation of such.
The Philippine National Police will continue implementing all pre-designed schemes to mitigate traffic congestions while awaiting arrival of MMDA traffic engineers who will employ technology in addressing serious traffic problems, and zero tolerance to illegal gambling activities shall be applied.
For the City Environment and Parks Management Office and General Services Office, in coordination with DENR, to immediately undertake inspection of establishments and other structures to ensure compliance with environmental laws and ordinances. Violators will be dealt with accordingly.
A Risk Management Committee will be created to identify and evaluate potential risks in the operating environment. It is also tasked to develop and implement risk-mitigating measures.
There shall also be a City Advisory Council composed of well-distinguished individuals of Baguio as a prelude to the City’s transformation program in accordance with the Performance Governance System. This body shall provide sound and objective advice to the leadership on major programs and undertakings. In line with the principle of transparency, it shall recommend individuals who will compose the private sector representative in each big ticket project or project of local significance. (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR & UC Interns)
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis