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Barangay, SK officials take oath of office on Nov. 28

Newly elected Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials will be sworn to office in a simple oath taking ceremony and thanksgiving party on November 28, 2010 at the Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium here.

No less than three-termer City Mayor Hernani A. Braganza will administer the oath of office of the incoming barangay officials at around 2 PM.

The 39 punong barangays and SK chairmen including their respective council members, who won during the October 25, 2010 synchronized village polls, will be swearing in front of their family, friends and relatives.

They will assume a three-year term starting on December 1, 2010.

Setting aside political difference, both political allies and opposition barangay leaders were invited by Mayor Braganza on the said mass oath taking ceremony,” said Alicia Bang-oa, DILG city director.

Bang-oa disclosed that there are 24 new barangay captains while 15 got re-elected in the highest post in the barangay council.

In a meeting late last month, Braganza congratulated the newly elected barangay captains and hailed the latter for ensuring a very peaceful and honest election in the city.

He challenged his co-partners in sustaining the city’s economic growth to extend their efficient and effective services for the betterment of their communities and for the improvement of their constituents’ lives.

“Our citymates have chosen you to serve them and bring progress in our barangays and our beloved city,” added the visionary chief executive.

Braganza even briefed the first termer chieftains on the on-going programs and projects of his administration.

He said his administration’s projects for the barangays don’t end on farm-to-market roads and other infrastructure projects.

“We have our feeding program that benefits more 22, 000 school children, computer literacy program, peace and order, environmental protection and health care thrusts," he stressed. "We have so many important programs for our barangays and we need your help to realize all of these.”

“It doesn’t matter if we are allies or not. As long as it is for the good of our citymates, the city government will definitely support your programs,”
the visionary mayor told the chieftains.

The concurrent League of Cities of the Philippines’ secretary general will soon be consulting with the new barangay and SK officials on their proposed projects that need funding support from the city government for budgeting purposes.

Braganza had already requested the city DILG office to schedule the training seminars for the newly elected barangay and SK officials, especially the neophytes.

The DILG is set to release guidelines for the election of Liga ng mga Barangay and SK Federation officials in all levels. (CIO)