Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo “Albee” Benitez marked his fourth day in office by attending the first Monday flag ceremony at the grounds of Bacolod City Government Center where he addressed employees of the city hall and reminded them to strengthen the institution.
The mayor said: “We shall strengthen institutions not personalities,” as he reminded workers in government to serve to the best of their ability.
Speaking before the crowd, mostly on their white shirts, Benitez challenged them to strive to make Bacolod great again and to ensure that each employee remains relevant.
“Let us not think about the time,” he added, reminding employees that they are not just in their respective offices for an 8AM-5PM shift. He encouraged them to always go extra mile, stressing that work in the government is about serving the people.
Benitez also called everyone to reset the button and start fresh as he urged them to bring their ideas that were not given attention for the longest time.
On his fourth day in office, he was joined by his newly appointment officials and members of the Asenso Bacolod.
Benitez who had his inaugural and oath taking last Friday, July 1, vowed to fight corruption by establishing a truth commission that will review the transactions of the previous administration. He signed Executive Order No. 1 that established the Bacolod City Good Governance Committee of 2022 that will be led by City Legal Officer Romeo Carlos Ting Jr.
In his inaugural address, the mayor also pledged to allocate substantial amount for health, and P100 million will be allocated for the social pensions of the vulnerable sectors.
He also committed to rehabilitate and rebrand the 3 major public markets of the city to further support small food businesses. “Central, Burgos and Libertad markets should take center stage in our local commerce. We will also streamline the downstream food supply chain, and strengthen farm-to-market linkages to lower food prices,” he stressed.
Benitez also reiterated his vision to build 5,000 on-site housing units in one year.
The newly elected mayor is confident that his administration will achieve the goals it has set out.
“In my life, I have always dreamed big. In business or in politics, I have always aimed to be different – to chart a new path, to break new ground, to be a gamechanger. Many times, I had to go the extra mile – and gave beyond what is expected of me,” Benitez underscored.