Sa­gay officials take oath at 23rd city­hood an­niver­sary

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MAYOR Alfredo Marañon III urged the Sa­gaynons to stay united and be re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens as he took his oath of of­fice for his third term as the city head in time with the 23rd Char­ter An­niver­sary at the Taliambong Gymn, Sa­gay City on June 11.

Marañon in his char­ter day mes­sage en­cour­aged the Sa­gaynons to do their share as re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens in pur­suit of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sus­tain­able progress and seek their sup­port as he con­tinue to serve the city.

“All our dreams and as­pi­ra­tions for a pro­gres­sive city and pros­per­ity for all Sa­gaynons can be achieved if we stay united and do our share as re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens,” he said, adding “Sa­gay City can only be bet­ter if we ac­knowl­edge our short­com­ings and work hard to pro­vide long-last­ing so­lu­tions.”

This is the third term of Marañon as mayor, which also co­in­cides to the re­tire­ment of his father, the out­go­ing Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

Mayor Marañon and Neg. Occ. 2nd Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Leo Rafael Cueva took his oath to Re­gional Trial Court Judge Regi­nald Fuente­bella.

Gov. Marañon was the guest speaker of the char­ter day event and led the oath of of­fice of the 10 elected coun­cilors and Vice Mayor Nar­cisso Javelosa Jr.

The newly-elected coun­cilors are Arthur Christophe­r D. Marañon, Ge­orgie S. Javelosa, Per­fecto B. Marañon, Rod­nel H. de los Reyes, Miller V. Serondo, Roldan A. Ga­mao, Con­cep­cion O. Javel­lana, Felisa de la Cruz, Mi­la­gros A. Mainit, and Sher­den A. Sy.

PRI­OR­ITY PRO­GRAMS

Mayor Marañon, in his speech, high­lighted his pri­or­ity pro­grams for the city in the next three years.

Among the big projects he stated were the com­ple­tion of A.E. Marañon Sr. Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, com­ple­tion of Eco­zone, ex­pan­sion of the P154 mil­lion Sa­gay Feeder Port, es­tab­lish­ment of slaugh­ter­house for cat­tle, carabao, and small ru­mi­nants, and con­struc­tion of Ru­ral Health Unity, Sa­gay City Live­stock Farm, Mac­ahu­lom Reef Watch­tower, more farm to mar­ket roads and bridges.

He also pre­sented to the con­stituents his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s achieve­ments dur­ing his pre­vi­ous term in the ar­eas of agri­cul­ture and ve­teri­nary ser­vices, in­fra­struc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, sports, eco­nomic en­ter­prise, health ser­vices, nu­tri­tion, peace and or­der, cul­ture and the arts so­cial ser­vices, and tourism.

Marañalso said that he is grate­ful for the sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion of the Sa­gaynons, the po­lice, na­tional gov­ern­ment agen­cies, schools, and other stake­hold­ers.

“I don’t be­lieve that in­fra­struc­ture alone de­fines true progress. We need to de­velop our peo­ple and con­tinue to work on in­clu­sive growth while main­tain­ing a sound bio­di­ver­sity,” he said.

‘SIEZE EV­ERY OP­POR­TU­NITY’

Rep. Cueva also vowed to con­tinue in seiz­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue his man­date as the con­gress­man of the sec­ond dis­trict.

In his speech, he re­called on how Sa­gay City pro­gressed through its peo­ple join­ing hands in mak­ing it hap­pen.

He said that as Sa­gay en­ters its 23rd year as a city, he as­sured to ful­fill his leg­isla­tive du­ties un­der a firm pol­icy of trans­parency and ut­most pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Cueva also promised to re­fo­cus on his leg­isla­tive ef­forts to raise the moral stan­dards in the ser­vice, the most im­por­tant foun­da­tion of good gov­er­nance.

Mean­while, Vice Mayor Javelosa also said that as Sa­gay un­folds a new chap­ter, he urged its cit­i­zens to be re­silient and ded­i­cated to work­ing for the good of the city.

SER­VICE AWARDS

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Ser­vice Awards were also given to out­go­ing Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lugn­sod Mem­bers, Donato D. Mara­non, Jose A. Frange, and San­ti­ago D. Bit­era, who served the city for 3 con­sec­u­tive terms.

Top tax­pay­ers in Sa­gay City in 2018 were also hon­ored in the event, where Mayor Marañon, Javelosa, and City Trea­surer Juvy Pi­nong­gan pre­sented plaque of recog­ni­tion.

Among the top five tax­pay­erss­in­gle pro­pri­etor­shipare Ya­plane Trad­ing, LGAA En­ter­prises, New Sa­gay Hard­ware, AY Trad­ing, CCAC En­ter­prises, while the top 5 cor­po­ra­tions are Mer­cury Drug Store, Gold­star Farm Trad­ing, Lopez sugar Cor­po­ra­tion, Sa­gay Cen­tral Inc., and Lopue’s Se­bas­tian Cor­po­ra­tion.

CHAR­TER CEL­E­BRA­TION

Var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties were also slated for the 23rd Char­ter An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion which capped on June 12, dur­ing the Philip­pine In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties were the Ad­law sang Suba at the Hi­mo­gaan River, nightly Live Band and Bar­beque Vil­lage at the City Plaza, Job Fair, Coop Day, Bi­cy­cle Fun Ride, Game Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, and In­au­gu­ra­tion of PUJ Trans­port Ter­mi­nal, and Rat­sada sa Char­ter.

The char­ter an­niver­sary event was also high­lighted by the recital of var­i­ous Sa­gaynon kids that ex­cel in var­i­ous fields of per­form­ing arts.

Among the per­form­ers were the kids who at­tended the an­nual Ki­naad­man Sum­mer Work­shop of the city gov­ern­ment, win­ners of the Voice Idol of Sa­gay, and Sa­gay Na­tional High School Spe­cial Pro­gram in the Arts stu­dents.

MAYOR Alfredo Marañon III, with his wife Fe and chil­dren Maria An­gela and Roland Matthew, takes his oath of of­fice be­fore RTC Judge Regi­nald Fuente­bella

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