Thu, 30 Jun 2022

DUMAGUETE CITY - The city government here is all set for the inauguration and oathtaking of newly elected and re-elected local officials at The Presidencia (old city hall) grounds on June 29.

City information officer Catherine Aguilar on Thursday told the Philippine News Agency that re-elected Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, newly elected Vice Mayor Maria Isabel "Maisa" Sagarbarria, and three councilors on the same ticket under Team Lupad Dumaguete, have already confirmed their attendance.

The three councilors are incumbent Vice Mayor Karissa Faye Tolentino-Maxino, lawyer Franklin Esmena, Jr., and retired police general Rey Lyndon Lawas.

Aguilar said they are awaiting the response to the invitation sent to the opposition Team Kasaligan councilors, namely, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Jose "Petit" Baldado, Maria Marife Cordova, Bernice Elmaco, Jose Victor Imbo, Agustin "Tincho" Perdices, and Antonio Remollo,

"Mayor Remollo has reiterated his previous statement shortly after the May 9 elections that he is hoping there will be unity among the city's elected officials, setting aside political differences, and working together for the common good," Aguilar said.

Remollo was re-elected for his third term in office.

An estimated 2,500 people are expected to attend the inauguration and activity at the grounds of The Presidencia, the historical, old municipal hall that the National Museum declared as an "Important Cultural Property" in 2019 following its restoration.

Provincial government officials, city department heads and employees, heads of various government agencies and private sector representatives, among others, have been invited to grace the occasion.

Everyone is enjoined to wear Filipino attire.

Aguilar said the mayor has also invited a national government official to administer the oath-taking, although the identity is not yet revealed pending confirmation. (PNA)

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