Two unfamiliar political figures took over the leadership of Silay and Kabankalan cities at noontime yesterday, June 30, as they assumed office as city mayors.
Joedith Gallego is the new mayor of Silay City after defeating former mayor Mark Golez who got 3,000 votes short to reclaim the mayoral seat.
Gallego assumed his first day in office yesterday afternoon after the turn-over of the symbolic key from Vice Mayor Tom Ledesma who represented the Golez-Ledesma administration.
Gallego has wholeheartedly accepted the key with a commitment to serve the Silaynons to the best of his ability during a simple ceremony held at the city’s public plaza and was witnessed by the city councilors and the invited guests.
In Kabankalan City, newly elected mayor Benjie Miranda also assumed his post yesterday noon, replacing Pedro Zayco.
In his inaugural speech, Miranda assured farmers of his strong support for the city’s agriculture program. He also vowed to address the flooding concern of the city by tapping experts in mater planning and flood control system.
The mayor also promised to augment the health sector’s needs by hiring more medical staff to support the city’s health care system. He also intends to establish dialysis facilities around the city.