- CHERYL G. CRUZ
Vice President Sara Duterte and Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson were among the guests of honor at the kickoff Monday of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Visayas Island Congress at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.
Lacson welcomed Duterte and VMLP Interim National President, Dean Anthony Domalanta, among other guests and participants, at the opening program together with VMLP Negros Occidental Provincial President, Anthony Gerard Suatengco of Pulupandan, and Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Benitez and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, among others.
Lacson said in a Capitol press release that the VMLP Congress, with the purpose of ratifying the amendments of the two-decade-old Constitution and By-Laws, is both well-timed and appropriate, with the country’s revitalization as the main priority and focus of governance.
He lauded the vice mayors for their commitment to their roles and accountability as the overall head and presiding officer of their respective sanggunian, and as top local government leaders.
“May this congress reaffirm your resolve to serve and go through what is necessary to serve, protect, and lead your local government units and constituents to recovery and progress,” Lacson added.
Meanwhile, in a series of Tweets, Duterte said she also visited the OVP-Bacolod Satellite Office Monday to meet and know the employees and discuss updates on the programs rolled out and to be implemented this year.
“Naging pagkakataon ko ang pagbisitang ito upang personal na makilala ang ating mga empleyado at mapag-usapan ang estado ng ating mga programa dito sa Bacolod City Satellite Office at ang pagro-roll-out ng iba pang mga proyektong nakahilera ngayong taon,” the vice president said.
She said she also visited Girlie Ramirez and April Bangero, who both needed assistance./CGC
Vice President Sara Duterte (center) during her visit to the Office of the Vice President-Bacolod Satellite Office Monday with former Bacolod mayor Evelio Leonardia, Himamaylan Mayor Raymund Tongson Jr., Dr. Chris Sorongon, and Mosser building owner Annabelle Mosser, where the office is located, among others. | Duterte photo