BACOLOD CITY — Negros Occidental governor-elect Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson has named a seven-man transition team to work with the outgoing administration for a smooth transfer of leadership in the provincial government.
“The undersigned hereby submits the list of my team to actively coordinate with the concerned officials for the proper transfer of leadership,” said Lacson, the outgoing vice governor, in a letter dated June 3 addressed to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.
Copies of the letter were furnished by the Office of the Vice Governor to reporters on Thursday.
Lacson has named lawyer Rayfrando Diaz II as chairperson of the transition team. The members are lawyers Jose Jonathan Ealdama, Kirk Andrew Magnabe, Julie Ann Bedrio, and Pacifico Maghari III, as well as Ismael Penado, and Jonathan Lobaton.
Lacson also enjoined the outgoing governor’s local governance transition team to accomplish their respective tasks and responsibilities and coordinate with his team for the proper turnover of documents, records, and information.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular 2019-39 requires the creation of local governance transition teams to be chaired by the local chief executive, with the vice chair to be elected from among the members by simple majority vote.
Marañon chairs his transition team, with Provincial Planning and Development Office head Ma. Lina Sanogal as vice chair. All the department and office heads are members, along with DILG-Negros Occidental director Carmelo Orbista and a representative of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The governor’s transition team is tasked to conduct of an inventory of local government unit properties, securing of all official documents and records of LGU transactions, and a briefing on the key challenges for the incoming set of officials for a seamless leadership and management transition.
Meanwhile, Lacson has three more sessions left as the presiding officer of the Provincial Board.
On June 26, his administration will turn over the board leadership to vice governor-elect Jeffrey Ferrer. (Nanette Guadalquiver NDB)
NEW ADMINISTRATION. Outgoing Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. (right) in a discussion with governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson (left) during the meeting of the local governance transition team on May 22. They are joined by Provincial Planning and Development Office head Ma. Lina Sanogal (2nd from right) as vice chair. (File photo from NegOcc Capitol PIO)