Mayor Cristina to continue the legacy of her hubby in Tacloban

Tacloban City – Mayor Cristina Romualdez vowed the Taclobanons that she will continue the legacy of her husband, outgoing Mayor Alfred Romualdez, by bringing further the progress of the city and make it a better Tacloban City during her inaugural address at Kanhuraw Hill Terrace, this city.
Mayor Cristina Romualdez (Photo credit: Gay Gaspay FB)

Presided by Brgy. 88 Chair Emelita Montalban, the former city councilor took her oath before a large crowd as the city’s Local Chief Executive replacing Alfred who served three straight terms as city mayor. 

“As your sister, daughter, mother and Mayor of the city, it is my intent to measure our progress not only by the increased statistics of our income and by our physical and social infrastructure, but most especially by the measure of our gross domestic happiness,” the lady Romualdez said. 

Mayor Cristina cited the eleven programs she intends to focus on: 
  1. Productive livelihood for marginalized sector aiming a positive measure to decrease poverty incidence; 
  2. Comprehensive medical & nutrition program for children and nursing mothers; 
  3. Completion of permanent shelters for Tacloban displaced families; 
  4. Promote self-reliant livelihood through vocational courses under CLEP Program with linkages to profitable employment or home based income-generating small businesses; 
  5. Develop the city in a sustainable and inclusive manner, working in partnership with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, INGOs and the national government. 
  6. Calibrate the K to 12 program to fit in the local culture, available employment spaces and increase sponsors for scholarships for deserving & financially distressed high school graduates; Involve our youth in sports, cultural activities and literary workshops; 
  7. Encourage public-private partnership investments on local tourism and promote indigenous products of the city; 
  8. Upgrade infrastructures to withstand the new normal super typhoons and earthquakes by adapting new architectural techniques for urban planning based on the fundamental concern of risk reduction, she elaborates. 
  9. Adapt a common language, to unify our approach to disaster preparedness. Prioritizing every family’s learn, obey and sustain order in facing the fury of nature, to equip and prepare them; 
  10. Secure peace & order situation in every barangay thru the basic services and needs that can reduce crime. The entrance of the new administration’s fight against drugs, will strongly support our local law enforcers to practically clean our city from this menace; 
  11. Encourage the protection, enhancement, respect and proper development of the environment as the responsibility of every individual. We simply must preserve our ecology for our future generations.
The mayor also underscored the importance of good governance. “Transparency will be highly imposed. Please be with us on this noble mission,” Cristina stressed. 

“The Lord has granted us the strength to have survived the devastation brought by Typhoon Yolanda. He has guided us through the reconstruction of our city and our lives. We therefore thank Him for keeping our people bonded together under the leadership of my good husband, your Mayor Alfred. He bids his office good-bye for now, but not farewell, because he will continue to be our inspiration and our shoulder to lean on,” she said. 

The neophyte city executive thanked the barangay chairmen and officials for their all out support during the campaign. “I hope to serve you well,” she said. (Gay Gaspay)
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