• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The anti-illegal drug campaign will be given a priority by Julius Sablan, the newly elected president of the Liga ng mga Barangay Negros Occidental chapter.
Sablan, barangay 2 chairman of Victorias City, ran unopposed during the election of Liga ng mga Barangay, which was held at the Seda Hotel in Bacolod City.
He replaced Juvy Pepello, who also served as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental, whose term expired Nov. 30 last year.
Assuring authorities of his help in the fight against illegal drugs, Sablan said he will continue the programs of his predecessor, Pepello, who also served as a barangay captain of Victorias City.
With 460 of the 601 barangays in Negros Occidental already declared as drug free, he said they are aiming to make all barangays in the province free of illegal drugs.
Other elected officers of Liga ng mga Barangay, who were also unopposed, include Annabelle Bermudo – vice president, Jerome Agustin – auditor, while composing the Board of Directors were Marlon Malacon, Henry Alcorin, Elir Borres, Ronnie Salo, Freddie Mongcal, Rico Regalia Alfredo Martin Cui, and Paul Leonard De Oca.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, who immediately administered the oath taking rites of newly elected provincial Liga ng mga Barangay officials, said he expects them to embrace their responsibility with “utmost consistency.”
“You must promote inclusivity and ensure that everyone is heard,as it is the essence of democracy,” Lacson stressed, as he urged them to remain conscious and aware of the sentiments and needs of the people.
“Effective governance is built on collaboration and unity of purpose,” he further said.*