Thursday, July 4, 2019

Outgoing City Mayor Danilo Ramon Fernandez officially turned over the leadership and management of the City of Santa Rosa to City Mayor-elect Arlene B. Arcillas in a ceremony held June 28, 2019 at the Office of the City Mayor.

The turn-over was pursuant to the Department of the Interior and Local Government Memorandum 2019-39 requiring the Local Governance Transition Team (LGTT).  In response, Mayor Fernandez issued Executive Order 12 series of 2019 creating the LGTT of the city with himself as Chairperson, General Service Officer Celso Catindig, Jr. as Vice-Chairperson, all department heads, DILG officer, Commission on Audit Auditor, representatives from the religious sector and business sector as members.

Mayor Fernandez thanked the city officials, department heads and employees for working with him for three years. He said three years maybe very short, but, he stressed, that his administration was able to accomplish adequate programs for the people.

He said elected officials will only stay for a short time, but the department heads and employees will stay longer. This is why one of his programs was the organization of the city plantilla to ensure that the structure of the offices is in order and guarantee that succession planning is also included.

City Planning and Development Coordinator Ermin Lucino presented the Local Governance Overview for years 2016-2018 which includes the Governance Assessment Report.

Among the documents and records turned over to Mayor Arlene and the Sangguniang Panlungsod are: Governance Assessment Report (CY 2018); COA Report (CY 2018); Contracts and Loans Agreements; Comprehensive Development Plan; Local Development Investment Plan; Annual Investment Plan; Annual Investment Plan (CY 2019); Comprehensive Land Use or Physical Framework Plan; Capability Development Plan; Executive-Legislative Agenda; Organizational Structure; Inventory of Personnel by Nature of Appointment; Executive Orders; and Full Disclosure Policy documents.

In her acceptance speech, Mayor Arlene emphasized that she will once again practice participatory governance as she serves the city along with city officials and key officers present during the turn over.

“Pareho kami ng mission ni Mayor Dan (which is) to put Santa Rosa where it should be and we cannot do all of this without your help,” she said, speaking to the officials, heads and employees present.

She recalled that she started in 2007 with only PhP750 million budget, but was able to reached PhP 1 billion before the year ended. Now, the budget of the city is at PhP4 billion. This is why Mayor Arlene said she is positive that the programs and services will be extended and enhanced even more.

“Ang Santa Rosa ay lalawak pa (at) aangat pa sa pagtutulungan natin. Let us set aside our differences for the City of Santa Rosa… Nagawa natin noon kaya magagawa natin ulit ngayon,” she said.

Mayor Arlene also shared that the agencies that she had worked with during her time as Representative of the First District of Laguna are still willing to work with her as she now serves, once again, as the local chief executive.

Present during the turn-over were members of the LGTT and newly-elected officials namely Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez, and city councilors Sonia Algabre, Mythor Cendaña, Ina Clariza Cartagena, Laudemer Carta, Roy Gonzales, Ma. Theresa Aala, Rodrigo Malapitan, Antonio Tuzon Jr., Wilfredo Castro and Jose Joel Aala. (ciosantarosa/macariño)

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