Negros Occidental Gov. Bong Lacson administered the oaths of office of the elected officers of the Negros Association of Chief Executives (ACE), Inc. at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City on July 27.
The officers are Victorias City Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez, president; Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo, vice president; Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr., secretary general; San Enrique Mayor Jilson Tubillara, treasurer; Himamaylan City Mayor Raymund Tongson, auditor; Don Salvador Benedicto Mayor Lawrence Marxlen Dela Cruz, PIO; and Board of Directors, Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez; Escalante City Mayor Melecio Yap (1st District), Manapla Mayor Manuel Escalente III ( 2nd District), Murcia Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas (3rd District), Valladolid Mayor Enrique Miravalles (4th District), Binalbagan Mayor Alejandro Mirasol (5th District); and Sipalay City Mayor Maria Gina Lizares (6th District).
Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer together with other provincial officials, witnessed the oath taking ceremony.
Negros ACE is an established association of mayors in Negros Occidental that aims to foster unity, exchange technical ideas, provide a forum to discuss concerns and assist its members, and support in the implementation and information dissemination of projects in the province.
“The past three years revealed and emphasized that at the center of our success was our ability to work together as one – such unity of purpose was among the main intentions of Negros ACE when it was created, said Gov. Lacson.
“I am glad to see how the organization has flourished and how it became more relevant than ever,” he said.
ACE President Javi Benitez reaffirmed Gov. Lacson’s idea on the necessity of unified local governments especially on events like the global pandemic.
“The best mentors for us are our fellow mayors. Let’s help each other, because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who did it first, but what most of us have. Let us not allow ourselves on divisive leadership,” he added.
Also present in the activity were NOCPPO Acting Provincial Director, Colonel Leo Pamittan and 303rd Brigade Commander, General Inocencio Pasaporte, among others.