Last June 28, Congressman-elect Maximo Y. Dalog, Jr. , Vice Governor Francis O. Tauli; Board Members-elect Federico E. Onsat, Janice L. Barillo, Alexandre C. Claver and Joshua B. Fronda of District I, Board members-elect Henry D. Bastian Jr., Donato L. Danglose, Salvador K. Dalang and Randolph T. Awisan of District II took their oath of office before Executive Judge Sergio T. Angannay while Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan Jr. took his oath before Presiding Judge Gaslito A. Dumpayan of Natonin Municipal Circuit Trial Court who is also the Acting Presiding Judge of Bontoc Municipal Trial Court.
Dalog, Jr expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the provincial officials for their idea of conducting a joint oathtaking and he felt overwhelmed because this shows how united the officials are. With this unity, expect us to work hand in hand for the betterment of the province, he said.
“The success of the province is in our hands, not only on us, officials, we should all be united as one people of Mountain Province,” Dalog said. He assured that the delivery of services and implementation of projects shall be given priority to the communities who need it most regardless of political affiliation.
He also appealed to the public that whatever shortcomings of the officials, they should be informed. “If we can solve it at our own level, why do you need to inform the public? If we commit mistakes, tell us directly so that we can correct it; we do not take it negatively but it is one way of learning how we can serve you better,” he said.
Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr., meanwhile, said public service is not a work of just one person thus he solicited the support of the officials, employees and the people of the province to work hand in hand for the progress of the province.
He assured Dalog of the provincial officials’ support to the programs and projects of his office as the Representative of the lone district of the province.
Lacwasan urged the newly elected members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan led by vice governor-elect Francis Tauli to continue the good working relationship between the executive and legislative bodies; to the officials of the ten municipalities to continue with their good coordination and help in the implementation of the programs and projects of the government. He assured the municipal officials that the provincial government gives assistance whatever it can afford for the good of the province; and to the barangay officials for the continued implementation of the province’s Barangay Muna Program in which all barangays in the province shall benefit from this program.
For his part, vice governor-elect Francis Tauli asked the officials to continue the harmonious working relationship in providing the best services for the betterment of the province.
Each of the board members urged the people to set aside politics and unite as one, and together work hand in hand for the development of the province.
DILG Provincial Director Anthony Manolo Ballug reminded the elected leaders of the people’s expectations from them such as their commitment, engagement and unity. He urged the officials live up to the challenge, and to the people to support the officials. (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mountain Province)
By Juliet B. Saley