This month’s release of DILG’s list of Seal of Good Legal Governance in the Bicol Region is indeed very timely as far as the local government unit of Virac is concerned. In a way, we join our colleagues in the media and the constituents of the capital town and the province in general for its success, it being the only LGU entity conferred such highly-coveted in Region 5.

              Truly, it speaks volumes of the concerted efforts provided by the leaderships in the executive and legislative bodies of the capital town of Virac as the center and showcase of the inclusive socio-economic and political growth and development of the province.

              Kudos then to the collective efforts of the men and women—elective and appointive at the LGU Virac headed by the new top huncho Mayor Posoy Sarmiento who in one way or the other wielded their toughest effort to make this award come to a reality as well as the previous leadership of Mayor Samuel V. Laynes.

                With this award, of course, to be received by the new municipal chief executive, Atty. Sinforoso ‘Posoy’ M. Sarmiento, it behooves and imperative upon his administration to continue this award-winning capability of Virac in his initial three-year term of office.

             Mayor Sarmiento’s challenge to continue, in fact, duplicate said award-winning ways, could be somewhat levelled up with the inclusion of tourism as additional important component-criteria. This was announced by R-5 Tourism Regional Director Benjamin Santiago, who traces his roots from the municipality of Bato, Catanduanes.

             This was announced by RD Santiago during the Provincial Tourism Awareness and Seminar Workshop held on August 11-12, 2019 at Function Hall, Kemji Resort, VTC, Virac sponsored by the provincial government through the initiative of Provincial Supervising Tourism Officer Carmel B. Garcia.

             It would therefore be imperative upon LGU-Virac, including the other municipalities, to create a permanent plantilla position for Municipal Tourism Officer for inclusion in that annual DILG-awarded SGLG.

              With this new challenge and expectation posed to the leadership of Mayor Sarmiento, let us hope and pray that the men and women workforce in the executive-legislative bodies would support his forward-looking initiatives for Virac. No more, no less.