LINGAYEN- It didn’t take long after former Second District Representative Congressman now new Mayor Leopoldo N. Bataoil started his first day of work on July 1 for residents to make known their high expectations from their new mayor and his new team: Vice Mayor Judy “Juday” Vargas and Councilors, Mac Dexter Malicdem, Jay Mark Kevin Crisostomo, John Silvestre Tapia, Jonathan Carl Arcinue, Sheila Castañeda, Ramon Anselmo Cuaresma, Randall Bernal, and Ricardo Ferrer, Jr.
In interviews with The PUNCH, the townsfolk offered their hopes and aspirations.
“Sana maayos ang covered court, ang plaza, at mabawasan ‘yong mga adik at gumanda ang Lingayen… hindi na bahain,” said Bryan Nava, of Brgy. Poblacion .
“I really do expect a lot of great improvements that our newly elected mayor, Bataoil, can do. I know even without these expectations, he will do his best to make Lingayen one of the best municipalities. Hindi pa nga siya nakaupo dati, may pa-zumba na si Sir and now na nakaupo na siya, I know he can do more to make Lingayen be at its best,” an encouraging statement by Aileen Arvie Eustaquio, college fresh graduate.
Church leader and pastor, Rev. Benjamin Bares, hopes for a positive change in the system of governance that will lead to discipline of all so that a progressive town will be not just a dream, but a reality. “Gusto kong mangyari ay pagbabago ng sistema na nagdudulot ng displina sa mga tao ng Lingayen…”
Obviously anticipating these, Bataoil addressed his constituents and assured them that he has many things in store for his beloved town, and asked for their cooperation.
He said his administration will focus on the projects and programs that barangays need and he will consult the officials about these, among them cleanliness and orderliness like unclogging and clearing waterways, garbage collection in the marketplace; health, wellness, and fitness in collaboration with the Lingayen-RHU, traffic management, restoration and renovation of the town plaza, and search, rescue, and disaster mitigation program.
He assured Lingayen residents that his leadership style is one that is impartial, without bias, result-oriented and objective, but with compassion.(Melody Valenton)
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