COUPLE IN GOV'T SERVICE. Noel (6th from left) and wife Geraldine (with a document) Rosal will officially assume as Albay governor and Legazpi City mayor, respectively, on July 1, 2022. Rosal is the first governor to be elected from Albay’s Second District in the last 30 years. (Photo by Emmanuel Solis)

LEGAZPI CITY – Mayor Geraldine Rosal on Thursday vowed to continue to practice the good governance in Legazpi City which was started by her husband, outgoing Mayor Noel Rosal, the new Albay governor.

The new mayor, whose oath was administered by Executive Judge Elmer Lanuzo, promised to govern with transparency and accountability to make sure all the transactions in the government are beneficial to the people of Legazpi City, the capital of Albay province.

She added that she would focus on healthcare services, particularly during the pandemic.

“We will win to combat the pandemic through the effective healthcare program and I will encourage the Legazpinos to always follow the minimum health protocol as required by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF),” Rosal said.

She would also improve the programs and projects in the agriculture and fishery sector to sustain the sufficient harvest of agricultural and marine products by adopting new farming technology to achieve food security and improve the standard of living of farmers and fisherfolk.

The new mayor said she would also prioritize the construction of the Legazpi City Community College in the southern portion of the city to give residents in the adjacent and neighboring villages opportunity to finish their studies.

Meanwhile, Governor Rosal, who formally took his oath on Wednesday, announced the temporary suspension of quarrying operations in the province to give way to a study to ensure the safety of people's lives and properties.

“I will look into the documents and other permits and licenses of all the quarry operators in order for us to know if their operations are legal or illegal,” Rosal added.

“We have plenty of things to do in Albay. We need to do more important developmental programs and projects for the benefit of our constituents. We will strengthen the healthcare services to the people, particularly those residing in the island villages and other far-flung areas in our province. We will also improve the social services in order for our constituents to feel that the government is providing their basic needs,” Rosal said.

He expressed his gratitude to the Albayanos for their overwhelming support of his gubernatorial bid.

Rosal is the first governor to be elected from Albay’s Second District in the last 30 years. (PNA)