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Mayor Rivera, new Gensan officials take oath 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Mayor Ronnel Rivera and the newly elected officials of General Santos City, took their oath of office on Friday, June 28, at Lagao Gymnasium.

The oath-taking ceremony featured the union of various candidates from different stalwart parties here in the city.

Mayor Ronnel Rivera is from the People’s Champ Movement (PCM) while the new incumbent vice mayor, Loreto Acharon is from the Achievement Integrity Movement (AIM).

However, both of them have earlier expressed commitment to public service above political parties.

It has been noted that even outside the realms of politics, Rivera and Acharon are known to be good friends.

Meanwhile, the other elected officials that will sit in the Sangguniang Panlungsod include Rosalita Nuñez, Lourdes Casabuena, Odjok Acharon, Franklin Gacal, Jose Edmar Yumang, Dominador Lagare Jr., Jonathan Blando, Vandyke Congson, Brix Tan, Bing Dinopol, and Richard Atendido.

In an interview, Mayor Rivera said that he is hopeful that the new set of officials will have the same goals of improving Gensan and the lives of its constituents.

“Sa akin naman, pagdating sa public service, wala na kasing kulay-kulay. Gusto ko, lahat kami, magtutulungan so that we can meet the mandate of our people. I am hoping that we will stand united to continue the service that we have started,” he said.

This is the last term of Rivera. He was elected as the city mayor of Gensan last 2013 and won the succeeding elections since then.

His career started as an independent neophyte councilor in 2010. Remarkably, he seized the first seat in the Sangguniang Panlungsod when he ran in 2010.

During his oath-taking, Rivera highlighted some of the significant achievements of his term, which included the implementation of a comprehensive scholarship program called AKLAT (Alay Sa Kabataan General Lahat Ng Aruga At Talino) and the institutionalization of development programs for the educational sector of the city.

He also mentioned the revamps that were done in the city hospital and the rural health units of the city. Various infrastructure projects, such as the installation of street lights in the major thoroughfares of the city were also among the key points of his administration.

The massive improvements in the areas of the economic sector and local revenue were also experienced during Rivera’s term.

However, Rivera noted that the work is still in progress as there are a lot of things to be done before his term will end.

“Gusto ko sana matapos ang aking termino na nagawa ko ang dapat. That’s why right now, I am doubling my time to make sure that every aspect of the local government will work for the people,” the Mayor said. (CPIO/IJML/RSC) Photo by Russell Delvo

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