TACLOBAN CITY – Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez on Thursday (June 14) led the mass oath-taking of 1,112 newly-elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials.
The mass oath-taking ceremony, held at the Tacloban City Convention Center, was attended by barangay and SK officials from the city’s 138 barangays who won during the May 14 polls.
Mayor Romualdez urged the officials to work for the common good and focus on pressing issues in the barangays such as drugs and the environment.
“We need good and dedicated leaders, willing to work and sacrifice for the common good,” she added.
The chief executive also assured the officials of city government support in barangay projects, especially on health, public service and infrastructures.
Meanwhile, Atty. Darwin Bibar, city local operations officer, asked the officials to support the Department of Interior and Local Government’s anti-corruption campaign Bantay-Kaagapay and do away with politics.
“Your cooperation in the various programs and projects of the city government will ensure (your) barangay and the city’s success,” he told the village officials.
As for the unfilled SK positions in some barangays, Bibar said that they are still waiting for guidelines from the central office on how to resolve the issue.
Prior to assuming their duties on June 30, the newly-elected barangay officials will attend an orientation on June 20 that will be organized by the local DILG.
Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin and Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC) president Eden Chua-Pineda also witnessed the mass oath-taking ceremony. (HENRY JAMES G.ROCA/CIO)