BAGUIO CITY – Incoming city officials led by congressman-elect Marquez Go and reelected City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Vice Mayor Edison Bilog will take their oath of office in ceremonies set June 30, 8 a.m. at the City Hall grounds.
The program will be “simple yet solemn fitting for the occasion” with the incoming officials as “the men and women of the hour during the momentous event,” according to city budget officer Leticia Clemente who heads the transition committee.
Other incoming officials to be inducted are incumbent Councilors Leandro Yangot Jr., Roberto Ortega, Josel Alangsab, Elmer Datuin, Faustino Olowan, Peter Fianza, Elaine Sembrano and Councilors-elect Edgar Avila, Arthur Allad-iw, Mylene Yaranon, Lilia Farinas and Benny Bomogao.
The new set of officials will also be officially welcomed in a special program during the flag-raising ceremonies on July 4.
On July 7-8m they will hold an executive-legislative direction setting activity in La Union.
Before this, the city will hold a special tribute for outgoing city officials on June 27 at 8 a.m.
Domogan said that for his third and last term as city executive, he will strive to continue improving the working relationship between the public and the private sectors which he said has served as key to achieving most of his goals during his five-term administration as city mayor.
“I hope in three years we will be able to substantially finish all the projects we intend to implement so we can leave a good legacy to our people and to our predecessor,” the mayor said.
Topping his priorities are the solid waste management program where he hopes to establish the Integrated Solid Waste Management System for a long-term solution to the city’s garbage woes, the improved coordination in the implementation of public works projects in the city, the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Baguio Convention Center, construction of the evacuation and disaster center, the parking establishment at the Ganza area, permanent site for the night market, improvement of the structures and discipline at the city market, among others.
The mayor maintained that he will not resort to securing loans to fund projects even if the city has acquired a good credit rating from top government and private banking institutions.
“Personally, I have an aversion to loans and I don’t want to subject our city to the tedious process of availing of and settling credits,” he said.
“In all my years as city mayor, never did I think of borrowing no matter how urgent the need is. I think it is better if we just manage our funds well no matter how small it is,” he said./Aileen P. Refuerzo