Former Transportation and Communication secretary Jesus “Sonny” Garcia yesterday lauded Mayor Evelio Leonardia for the improvements and developments in Bacolod City.
“In just a few years after the mayor has taken over, Bacolod has changed. What I saw now is beyond imagination and I can only attribute it to him,” he said during a courtesy call he and former Cebu City mayor Alvin Garcia paid on Leonardia yesterday at the Bacolod City Government Center.
Jesus Garcia said this is due to the vision and leadership the mayor has.
Leonardia said that was overwhelming and inspiring,especially that it came from people from the outside looking in.
“I hope that is something that will fuel us to greater heights especially because it comes at a time when we are about to celebrate our 80 th year as a city,” he said.
Among theiractivities is a lecture series that is supposed to inculcate in the hearts and minds of the students, the professional and business sectors, a consciousness of being a part of the city and to evoke pride, Leonardia said.
“The statement of the former DOTC secretary is very humbling and definitely very inspiring and could help us push our vision to make Bacolod one of the premier cities, not only in the Philippines, but in Southeast Asia,” he said.
Leonardia said secretary Garcia has not been here for a long time so he would know the difference between what itwas 10 years ago, and what Bacolod is now.
He said he gave them a tour of the Bacolod City Government Center and they were surprised when they saw the Business One-Stop-Shop that the city is that organized.
“I also showed them the future in front of us and told them that all the big players are now in Bacolod, plus the fact that we have record collection in real property taxes. And the fact that we have a bigger budget than Iloilo in the coming year is an economic indicator that, indeed we are catching up,” Leonardia said.
Meanwhile, Leonardia said they will make the proper announcement on January 19 on what is going to happen in Bacolod for one year in line with its 80 th year as a city.
It is the fiesta of Bacolod on the 20 th , but they would like to use the 19th because they want to make it clear that this is not a religious activity but is civic in nature, he said.*CGS
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