Bataan local officials take oath

BALANGA CITY — Bataan local officials took their oath in a ceremony held at The Bunker in Capitol Compound.

Outgoing 2nd district representative Jose Enrique Garcia III was sworn in as the province’s new Governor.

In his speech, incoming Governor Garcia said he will continue implementing the Capitol’s programs on health, education, and infrastructure.

He eyes as well in expanding the Freeport Area of Bataan to boost local economy, and strengthening each Bataeño family through an effective parenting program.

Incoming Governor Garcia encouraged all elected officials to help and participate in these programs to help uplift the lives of each Bataeños.

“Let us all cooperate in implementing programs and projects that will be beneficial to our constituents, through the help of our Almighty God, the Bataeños, and the participation of everyone we will be able to fulfill and accomplish these plans for our province,” he added.

Meanwhile, Geraldine Roman was sworn in for her third term as House representative of the 1st district which consists of the towns of Abucay, Hermosa, Orani and Samal.

In her message, Roman mentioned that a lot of positive developments happened in the province that gave public officials greater encouragement to serve their constituents more.

“I encourage everyone to work together for our province, and of course for our country, under the leadership of our new President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte, I look forward to working with all of you,” she said.

Moreover, outgoing Governor Albert Garcia returns as representative of the 2nd district which comprises Balanga City and the municipalities of Limay, Orion and Pilar.

Incoming 2nd district representative Garcia encouraged all elected officials to become effective public officials to serve their constituents well.

“Despite our political differences in the last elections, let us all unite in serving Bataeños because they are the reason why we are,” Garcia emphasized.

Garcia also presented his accomplishments as three-term Governor of the province such as recording the lowest poverty incidence in the country before the pandemic, high rate of investment to boost local economy, garnering one of the highest local revenue generation in the region, as well as being a drug-cleared province thus resulting to lowest crime incidence.

Outgoing Dinalupihan Mayor Maria Angela Garcia, on the other hand, was sworn in as the first representative of the newly created 3rd congressional district.

It is composed the towns of Bagac, Dinalupihan, Mariveles and Morong.

Incoming 3rd district representative Garcia expressed her gratitude to everyone for their contributions and commitment to serve the province.

Others who took their oath include Pusong Pinoy Partylist Representative Jernie Jett Nisay, Vice Governor Ma. Cristina Garcia, and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Also sworn in were the Mayors, Vice Mayors and Councilors of the province’s 11 towns and one city.