Abrenica, Sison, town dads inducted
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- The newly elected municipal officials of this agricultural town were sworn into their offices by Regional Trial Court Branch 50 Judge Junius F. Dalaten at Municipal Covered Auditorium last June 28, two days before they will assume their positions at noon of June 30.
Inducted into office were Municipal Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica, Vice Mayor Jesus Franco A. Sison, Councilors Nicholi Jan Louie Q. Sison, Mario Cesar M. Racadio, Cheryll Z. Tan, Centenielo Ramon R. Costales Jr. Judith M. Morden, Richie V. cacapit and Felix Derdinand R. Sison.
Councilor Domingo R. Rafanan did not join the group during the oath taking ceremonies.
Outgoing Municipal Mayor Libradita Go-Abrenica, who served the town for six years, transferred the leadership to her husband who she said was her mentor during her administration.
She thanked all those who supported her during her six years administration particularly the department heads who made her work easier.
“When I entered politics, my working system changed. It was unlike when I was in the private work when I own my time. But when I became a mayor, things changed. I have to work eight hours,from 8:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon or even 24/7 as there are many calls needing my attention,” she said.
She congratulated the newly elected officials and urged them to unite and work together for the welfare of the townspeople.
The lady mayor has brought in many awards for the town during her stint. The town is the regional entry to the national award for ” Seal of Good Housekeeping” that is annually conferred by the Department of Interior and Local Government to local government units (LGUS) that have shown exemplary performance in all aspects local governance.
The councilors were inducted into two batches while Mayor Abrenica and Vice Mayor Sison took their oaths separately.
The councilors conveyed their thanks to their supporters during the election campaign and promised to support the incoming administration of Mayor Abrenica.
On his part, Vice Mayor Sison, who ran for the position unopposed, thanked also his supporters and vowed for a smooth relationship with Mayor Abrenica for the betterment of the town.
Mayor Abrenica, who has already served for nine years as mayor before his wife took the reins of administration, expressed his thanks to renewed the trust and confidence of the townspeople and promised a brighter future for the town.
He cited the on-going renovation of the Villasis Gymnasium as well as the establishment of housing project for the poor, whom he said was inspited by a family in Caramutan village which lived in a shanty made of tarpaulins.
” There are lot of things yet to be done in our town. Join me and we will work together. I am however a little bit frustrated that our town mates have forgotten the many projects we have done during the past election. They waited for the last three days of the election and voted those who could buy their votes. There comes a time that our town mates who are poor could no longer serve because they don’t have money (to buy votes),” he said.
The Abrenica couples are credited for the transformation of the town.
Among their prominent projects are the renovation of the municipal hall, establishment of “bagsakan market” (wholesale market), improvement of the town plaza, renovation of the Legislative Building, institutionalizing the ” Talong Festival”, construction of livelihood and training center, construction of palay and corn drying facility, improvement of the municipal cemeteries and construction and repair of barangay/village roads.
The oath taking ceremony was witnessed by the village officials, school administrators and teachers, barangay health workers, religious and non-government organizations, farmers and women sectors.
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