By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Incoming Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has assured the city stakeholders that he will prioritize the necessities in ensuring the peace and order in the city.
“Rest assured na magiging prayoridad ang mga pangangailangan para sa peace and order dito sa Pasig sa ating bagong administrasyon (Rest assured that the needs for the peace and order here in Pasig will be a priority of this new administration),” Sotto said in a meeting with the Station Advisory Council at Pasig City Police headquarters recently.
Sotto said that one of his objectives is to enhance and promote the “culture of peace and order” as well as the “culture of discipline” in the city of over 800,000 residents.
“Ang aking talagang number one advocacy ang tinatawag nating participative governance (My number one advocacy is what we call a ‘participative governance),’” Sotto said.
“Pag nagtutulungan, mas mabilis talagang umaasenso ang isang lungsod (When there’s cooperation, it will fast-track the development of a city),” he added.
Sotto vowed he would also improve the communication between the local government and the public and private stakeholders particularly the police and the civil society sector.
The council—which composed of representatives from the business sector, the academe, the city police, religious sector, civil society sector, the media, and the judiciary, among others—convened recently for the planning of future security measures to be implemented in the city.
“Hindi po ako mangangako na lahat ay magagawa natin lalo na in the next six months magiging mahirap po talaga lalo na sa ngayon inaaral natin kong magkano ba talaga ang pundo na maiiwan sa atin,” Sotto said.
(I am not promising it will all be done especially that it’s going to be difficult in next six months now that we are still studying how much of the budget will be left to us.)
The 29-year-old Sotto will take his oath of office as the new local chief executive of Pasig City on June 30.