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Mayor Alcala leads mass oath-taking in Lucena City

By Nimfa Estrellado Lucena City Mayor Mark Don Victor Alcala, Lucena City Vice Mayor Roderick "Dondon" Alcala, Quezon Governor Ang...

By Nimfa Estrellado

Mayor Alcala leads mass oath-taking in Lucena City
Lucena City Mayor Mark Don Victor Alcala, Lucena City Vice Mayor Roderick "Dondon" Alcala, Quezon Governor Angelina Tan, with barangay officials during the oath-taking ceremony on November 13, 2023, at the City Hall in Lucena City, Quezon. (Photo from Doktora Helen Tan)

LUCENA CITY, Quezon - Lucena City Mayor Mark Don Victor Alcala called on all newly elected barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials in the city to be loyal and dedicated to their respective positions.

"Oaths are important for public servants to uphold their duties and responsibilities to the people they oath to serve. Be loyal to the principles and values that guide good governance and dedicated to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of the community." Alcala said.

Alcala made the call on November 13, 2023, at the City Hall in Lucena City, Quezon, as he administered the mass oath-taking of barangay and SK officials elected in the October 30 BSKE.

He emphasized the need for transparency, accountability, and integrity in carrying out their roles, urging them to prioritize the welfare and development of their respective communities.

"Remember that your role as barangay and SK officials is crucial in ensuring the welfare and progress of our city. Let us work together towards a better Lucena City for all its residents," said the young mayor.

"Let us check what we do and do not let the position be in mind to serve our own interests. As elected officials, it is our duty to work towards inclusivity and equality, ensuring that every resident feels heard and represented. Together, we can create a city that thrives on collaboration and unity," he said.

In addition, Mayor Alcala encouraged the officials to actively engage with their constituents, listen to their concerns, and work towards finding solutions that will effectively address the needs of the people.

Mayor Alcala also encouraged them to actively engage with the residents, listen to their concerns, and work collaboratively towards the development and progress of Lucena City. He also urged them to be role models and to lead by example by exhibiting ethical behavior and a commitment to public service.

231 newly elected barangay councilors from the thirty-three barangays of Lucena City attended the oath-taking ceremony. The event was witnessed by local government officials, community leaders, and residents.

In her speech, Quezon Governor Doktora Angelina "Helen" Tan said, "Serving others is not easy, but it can be easy if we approach it with empathy and a genuine desire to make a positive impact."

"Title or position is not important, but to fulfill the duties and responsibilities entrusted to us," she added.

Tan urged the newly elected or re-elected barangay officials to "update knowledge and take pride in their responsibilities to ensure the welfare and progress of their respective communities."

"Transparency and accountability are essential for good governance. It is crucial for barangay officials to maintain open communication with their constituents and regularly report on their actions and decisions," she said.

She said that the provincial government of Quezon is a partner of the city government in promoting good governance and empowering barangay officials. She emphasized the importance of collaboration and cooperation in achieving their goals.

"We hope barangay officials will be partners of the provincial government in implementing programs and initiatives that promote good governance. By working together, we can ensure that the needs and concerns of our constituents are addressed effectively and efficiently," she added.

The Quezon Provincial Government also provided medicines and necessary safety aids worth P55,000 for each barangay of the said city. These supplies were distributed to ensure that the barangays have sufficient resources to address any health emergencies or concerns.

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