April 20, 2024

Receiving their fresh mandates to serve, the new set of officials of La Trinidad, Benguet vowed to sustain the good programs and improve on other programs for the development of the capital town.

The new set of officials led by reelected Mayor Romeo Salda and Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan took their oath of office on June 24 administered by Municipal Trial Court Judge Mylene May Cabuag

The reelected members of the municipal council John Botiwey, Jason Dangwa, Guiller Galwan, Teddy Walang, and Francis Lee.

Comebacking councilor Henry Kipas and two new members – former Bahong punong barangay Belmer Elis and former municipal legal officer Bartolome Baldas, Jr. also took their oath.

Salda, now on his third term, thanked the residents for their continuous support of his leadership especially at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said he will continue their executive-legislative agenda meeting to further sync the direction of the programs and activities of his office and the municipal council.

Awingan, on his second term, said his office would continue to codify the various ordinances for easier implementation of the measures that are geared towards sustainable development.

He asked for the continuous support of his fellow council members and the public.

Gracing the event were officials of La Trinidad’s sister-city Miri City, Malaysia led by Mayor Adam Yii Siew Sang.

Sang lauded the municipality for its hospitality and congratulated the newly-installed officials.

He cited the earlier visit of the former set of municipal officials from their city in January 2020 where they showcased their colorful celebration of the Chinese New Year.

He then extended his invitation for the officials and the municipal residents to visit Miri City this December for their Christmas parade.

Sang committed to partner with Benguet’s central town for various endeavors including innovative tourism packages for both the local government units.

“We are excited and full of enthusiasm as we experience the unique cultures here that are different from our country in Malaysia, specifically in Sarawak where we are from. We treated our visit as a learning process where we can exchange information and experience relating to our common objective in promoting tourism, culture, agricultural farming,” Sang said.

Miri City is a coastal city in northeastern Sarawak and located near the border of Brunei, on the island of Borneo. – Ofelia C. Empian