Last issue I said that the event was unique in the first place in that the Holy Mass was officiated by Rev. Fr. Laudemer Gapaz and other priests who were his “Sano” in the Holy Rosary Major Seminary.
Due to time and space constraints, however, Mayor Mendoza’s rejoinder- update, rolled into one , was not included . Hence, this message with a tinge of post prandial memories, he said, THE PRIESTS ARE MY “SANOS’ AT THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SEMINARY ACADEMY, VIRAC (FR. BOYET G. ) AT THE HOLY ROSARY MAJOR SEMINARY, NAGA CITY (FR. ED MANIBALE AND FR. NITOY VARGAS AND THE REST OF THE PRIESTS) AT SAN JOSE SEMINARY, ATENEO DE MANILA (FR. NITOY VARGAS).
In his turnover as Vice Mayor then, Mendoza said : ” TODAY, I AM LEAVING THE BATON OF THE LEGISLATIVE BODY TO THE INCOMING VICE MAYOR SALVADOR BEQUEATHING A PROUD SANGGUNIANG BAYAN. AS PROMISED NINE (9) YEARS AGO, THRU LEGISLATIVE WORK OUR AIM WAS TO MAKE SAN ANDRES BETTER AFTER IT HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN TO US. SO WE STUDIED HARD MADE RESEARCH AND INTRODUCED INNOVATIONS.”
“WE DISCARDED THOSE ORDINANCES THAT WERE UNNECESSARY AND OBSOLETE WHILE THE REST WERE MADE ATTUNED WITH THE SIGND AND NEEDS OF THE TIME AND IN HARMONY WITH THE CURRENT AND EXISTING LAWS.
Mendoza added: “WE DID A RECONFIGURATION OR CODIFICATION OF ALL CURRENT ORDNANCES. WE PROVIDED DOABLE AND LAUDABLE LEGISLATIVE MEASURES.. WE TOOK FUNDS AWAY FROM PROGRAMS THAT DID NOT WORK AND POURED RESOURCES INTO THOSE THAT BENEFITED MOST. WE INSTITUTIONALISED OR PERMANENTLY INSCRIBED SOME MERITORIOUS PROGRAMS REGARDLESS OF WHO SPOUSES THEM, WHETHER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION’S OR THE PRESENT, AS BEFITS A SENSIBLE RECIPE OR APPROACH FOR SUSTAINED REFORMS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING.
“IN THAT WAY, WE CHANGED CERTAIN MINDSET THAT BEDEVIL OUR COMMON PSYCHE OR MENTALITY THAT FRUSTRATE OUR ABILITY TO WALK THE TALK BY DISREGARDING OR DISCREDITING GAINS OR WHAT HAVE PUT IN PLACE BY THE OPPOSITION, PREVIOUS OR PRESENT ADMINISTRATION’S. AND THESE DEFINITELY SERVED AS GROUNDWORK THAT PROVIDED US FIRMER FOOTING FOR A STEADIER UPWARD TRAJECTORY THAT FURTHER ACCELERATE THE GROWTH TOWARD TOTAL WELL-BEING FOR OUR BELOVED TOWN”.
He also expressed sincerest congratulations to all members and staff of the august chamber of the 10th SB of San Andres especially to the two (2) graduating members, Hon. Zafe and HOn. Councilor del Valle ‘.
“MAMIMIS TABI ANG SAINDONG AKTBO ASIN PRODUKTIBONG PARTISIPASYON SA KONSEHO… GOOD MATERIAL LOSES NO GOOD PURPOSE,’ he said with utmost conviction and sincerity. (To be continued)