Vice Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera Friday vowed that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) will remain an independent and impartial body.
Herrera made the promise during a speech given during the oath-taking ceremony last Friday.
â€œThe SP will continue to be a vanguard of transparency, integrity and independence irrespective of political inclinations and alliances,â€ the vice governor declared at the start of his third term.
Herrera also promised that provincial legislative body will not be used for grandstanding or secure future political goals.
The vice-governor noted that genuine public service requires more than just lip service and popularity.
â€œIt entails awareness of a greater responsibility, accountability and commitment,â€ he stressed.
Herrera noted that oftentimes, taking up a public crusade may mean crisscrossing paths and unpopular decisions.
â€œBut if we are indeed serious in attaining our goals, we should be willing to sacrifice our personal convenience to pursue the common good.
The vice governor also urged the people to embrace change as a necessary attribute of development.
â€œExperience will tell us that people are more prone to resist than welcome change,â€ he added.
Herrera said the SP will stay dedicated to the upliftment and development of the province.
â€œTogether with the executive department, we shall pursue headstrong the call of the hour which is the poverty alleviation program of the provincial government as well as the empowerment of our barangays,â€ he added.
The vice-governor said that sustained development in the province can only be ensured by strengthening the grassroots level.