Caloocan Mayor Oca Malapitan and Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco led recently the separate mass oath-taking of the newly-elected officials of their cities’ respective barangays.
The barangay leaders, together with their families, have trooped to the Navotas Sports Complex in the morning to take their oath, which Mayor Tiangco had officiated.
He challenged the officials from the city’s 18 barangays to be good role models and be the agents of change in their respective villages.
“As leaders, we should set a good example to our constituents.
“Whenever we perceive or encounter a problem, let us be the first to take action,” said Mayor Tiangco as he reminded them that public service is laborious and not for the faint-hearted.
“Being a public servant is not easy. There is always someone needing your help.
“Even so, no hardship can diminish the sense of fulfillment you get knowing that you have eased someone’s burden and made their life better.”
The mayor, who’s been leading the city for eight years, stated that he’s hesitant to run for office last 2010.
However, he changed his mind after becoming a member of the School Governing Council in one of the city’s public elementary schools and saw the needs of the education sector.
“The experience changed my views in life and made me grateful for what I have. It also inspired me to become more compassionate with others and to help them in whatever way I can,” he said.
His brother, Rep. Toby Tiangco, who’s always been credited by many for starting with the various developments in the city when he was the mayor for over a decade, congratulated them and wished them good luck.
“I know we have different reasons for running for office, but I hope your top motivation is your concern for our fellow Navoteños,” the Navotas lawmaker said.
In neighboring Caloocan, Mayor Malapitan led other key local officials in swearing of the newly-elected barangay officials from the city’s 18 barangays during a ceremony held at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
Mayor Malapitan had encouraged the 1,508 officials composed of chairmen and councilmen (kagawad) to be the partners of the local government in promoting positive changes in the city.
He also assured them his support in delivering the available services to the residents of their respective barangays as he reminded them on their duty to serve the people who trusted and elected them in office.
Also in attendance were Vice Mayor Maca Asistio III, 1st District Rep. Dale Along Malapitan, 2nd District Rep. Edgar ‘Egay’ Erice, City Councilors Obet Samson, Onet Henson, Carol Cunanan, and Tino Bagus and DILG City Director Marco Cabueños Jr.
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