By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Outgoing officials, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III, both offered messages to their respective staff calling for them to support the incoming administrations.
During yesterday’s flag ceremony, the Iloilo City mayor called on his employees to accept change.
“The only constant thing in the world is change,” he said. “May mga changes, we expect sang bag-o nga administrasyon (We are expecting changes with the new administration).”
Espinosa lost his reelection bid in last week’s midterm elections, falling to Iloilo City lone district Rep. Jerry Treñas, 134,143 votes to 65,724.
He also hinted at a possible return.
“Kami nga mga pulitiko, we come and go (Us politicians, we come and go),” the outgoing mayor stated. “Basi makabalik man kita; depende na ya sitwayson (Perhaps I will come back; it will depend on the situation).”
“Again, there is change and you should always accept change,” he reiterated.
Meanwhile, during last week’s Direction-Setting and Strategic Planning Workshop in Hinoba-an, Marañon urged Provincial Capitol employees and department heads to offer their full support to Governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson.
During the workshop, acting Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator, Dr. Lucille Gelvolea, said a transition team is currently conducting an inventory of ongoing provincial government programs and projects.
Prior to last week’s elections, Espinosa issued an executive order creating the Local Governance Transition Team.
An earlier released Department of Interior and Local Government circular called on local chief executives to form transition teams to prepare the financial and physical inventory of all assets belonging to their respective local government units./DGB, WDJ