BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The winning candidates from Team Asenso led by Mayor-elect Albee Benitez will hold their official swearing-in June 27 in Bacolod City, Councilor-Elect Jason Villarosa said yesterday.
Villarosa said they will also invite winning contestants from Grupo Progreso to join if they wish. They don’t have a final location for the event yet.
He, along with Benitez, reelected councilor Simple Distrito, councilor-elect Vladimir Gonzales and Bacolod representative Greg Gasataya had previously been sworn in before Singcang Brgy. Captain Rosinie Distrito since it is in Singcang where they have garnered a very big lead, he said.
Villarosa said they will officially take over at noon on June 30. They will then choose their favorite committees and, in his case, he would like to chair the ICT and tourism committees.
He wants to spearhead the ICT Committee as he hopes to innovate the system in government by implementing computer programming that will link all systems to facilitate the processing of business permits available online, as well as making all other paperless transactions, he said.
Villarosa said he also hopes to chair the Tourism Committee because, as a youth leader, he wants to bring entertainment to Bacolod City by citing the performances of local and Manila bands enjoyed by locals over the past few months. , such as the Sunset Festival.
“So I hope to implement this also in the next MassKara festival and also highlight the various festivals in Bacolod,” he added.
Villarosa, 24, would be Bacolod’s youngest elected councillor. He was the president of Sangguniang Kabataan of Brgy. Sum-ag.
Meanwhile, the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod approved a resolution expressing deep appreciation to outgoing Bacolod City Councilors for their selfless and dedicated service throughout their tenure as SP members, at its regular session of yesterday.
They are Councilman Wilson Gamboa, Jr., who ran for vice mayor in the May 9 election, councilors Dindo Ramos, Bartolome Orola Sr., Carlos Jose Lopez, Archie Baribar and late councilor Ana Maria Palermo.*