Balanga City ushered in a new leadership on June 30, just as the whole country was doing the same welcoming for its new officials.
In a Turn-Over Ceremonies held at the Plaza Mayor on the said day, Outgoing City Mayor Jose Enrique S. Garcia III entrusted the administration to his successor, Francis Anthony S. Garcia.
‘Mayor Francis’, as he is fondly called, received from his predecessor the symbolic key of the city. Mayor Francis now holds the post his older brother occupied for straight nine years. Mayor Francis also received the documents containing Balanga’s development plan for the coming years.
The older Garcia is now the second congressional district representative of Bataan. Bataeños easily accustomed themselves to this change, even branding the new representative as ‘Cong. Joet’ with such familiarity.
In his farewell address, Cong. Joet thanked the entire city government, and rallied the support of the said body for his successor.
The outgoing City Vice Mayor Noel Joseph Valdecañas also entrusted his post to Vianca Lita Gozon, a former city councilor. Valdecañas now occupies a seat in the city council.
Mayor Francis, Gozon, and their entire electoral slate ran unopposed in the recent election.
Continuing the past reforms
Mayor Francis emphasized in his speech that he would continue the reforms initiated by Cong. Joet during his term.
He also expressed his desire to work closely with his constituents. He encouraged Balangueños to take part in his government by actively giving their suggestions.
Then, he urged the city government employees to bear with him as much as they worked with the previous administration.
The turning over of government posts to new leaders in Bataan was generally peaceful. In the morning of June 30, all elected officials from all local government units (LGUs) of Bataan took their oath at the Emiliana Hall in Brgy. Tenejero.
Executive Judge Angelito I. Balderama witnessed the oath taking of Cong. Joet, First District Rep. Geraldine Roman, and re-elected Gov. Albert Raymond “Abet” S. Garcia.
Then, Gov. Abet administered the oath of all elected officials in the municipal level. Aside from their family members, the elected officials’ supporters were also present in the said oath taking. By Arli Joshua Atienza