Friday, 03 August 2012 14:17
Respect for the city council’s independence and a desire to work closely with barangay leaders of the city gave a hint of how things are likely to shape up in an administration under Congressman Erbie A. Fabian if elected mayor of the city next year.
Strongly manifested in the 2nd district representative’s 10 point agenda he presented last Tuesday in Culianan, Fabian exhibited a desire to involve the city’s august body and the leaders of the city’s 98 barangays in a collected effort at participatory governance if he gets the people’s mandate in next May’s polls.
Fabian stressed the city council must be treated with respect and dealt as a co-equal in governance following the principle of independence of the executive, the legislative and the judicial arm of government.
Having served three terms as city councilor, then as city vice mayor, the solon cited the critical importance of working in co existence with an equal branch of government in a collaborative effort at presenting a strong and credible governance.
The 3rd termer from the city 2nd district, who formally announced his candidacy for mayor at Culianan, despite a prolonged power outage at the time also cited the importance of involving the barangays’ leadership in decision making as he expressed a desire to open sharing of governance in the years ahead.
"This is my vision of a collective leadership, one that involves everyone in local governance. I will listen and I will conduct periodic consultations with all so that everyone’s opinion is gotten and then will we act on matters at hand," Fabian added, drawing thunderous applause from the sizeable crowd at the Culianan launch.
"It also helps that I have served in all capacity as a councilor, as vice mayor, as mayor and congressman and I think this will be my distinct advantage if and when the people decide I will be mayor of the city."
As chief executive of the city, he looks to make decisions in that manner with the greater good of the people in mind.
Fabian’s presentation of his 10 point agenda was interrupted by enthusiastic applause from the crowd who appeared to be in agreement with all the major points raised by the mayoralty aspirant from Mercedes.
"I am a Zamboangueno, this is the land of my birth and I adhere to these covenant I make with the people of this city. I’m here to serve and hopefully we can all work together to a peaceful, progressive and dynamic city of flowers," Fabian ended his speech to a prolonged hearty applause from the thousands gathered last Tuesday morning.
By Ed Baños
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