TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Mayor Darwin Estrañero and Vice Mayor Dick Bal-o led the inauguration of the new legislative building and the unveiling of its commemorative plaque at the City Hall compound recently.
The new two-story facility houses the offices of the Vice Mayor, the councilors, the Sangguniang Panlungsod secretary, and some departments of the executive branch including the Office of the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs, City Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office, and the General Services Office.
Bal-o said that with the new facility, they now have roomy and comfortable offices to receive their constituents and guests, and the public has a conducive space to participate in the legislative process.
“It is in our conviction that this building is an urgent need and it is worthy to support not because we will benefit from it but more on the thought that such will give more worth and dignity to our people,” he said.
“It is hoped and conceptualized that the building will reflect the kind of services we will render to our constituents. This building would prove our commitment that the government is for the people, of the people, and by the people, more so, it will highlight the dogma that public office is a public trust,” he added.
In his message, Mayor Estrañero said he expects the new building will serve as additional motivation and inspiration for the legislators to do their job well.
“We expect that our legislators, their staff, and our stakeholders who will use this building will affirm not only in words but in deeds daytuy panaka-transfer ti responsibilidad kanyada a kas legislators to enable them to generate more relevant legislations that will benefit our constituents,” he said.
Present in the event were Councilors Kristian Wandag, Ivan Yannick Bagayao, Marc Rainier Duguiang, Lucretina Sarol, Martinez Vicente, Abraham Licaycay, Castor Cayaba, Samuel Sumaal, Eduardo Sacayle, Juan Thomas Duyan, Bernice Barcellano, Chester Alunday, Henry Tubban, Jr., and IPMRs Sandra Uyam and Martinez Vicente.
Also gracing the inauguration was Vice Governor Jocel Baac, provincial board member Glenn Amla, provincial legal officer John Paul Baguiwan who was representing Governor James Edduba, Regie Wacas who was representing Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, and Judge Tshaine Taguinod-Maggay.