Lacson sets June 29 inauguration


Governor- elect Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson has set his inauguration as the new chief executive of Negros Occidental on June 29.

Lacson said that three days before or on June 26, there will be a formal turn over from the outgoing administration of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.

The incoming governor also confirmed that all the staff including the executive assistants and consultants will be replaced when he sits on July 1. Lacson also said that he is looking for other people to appoint as provincial administrator.

I wanted someone but the local government unit where he was working wants his services retained, he said.

He also said that he will appoint Atty. Reyfrando Diaz as provincial legal officer.

Diaz previously served as PLO under the administration of the late Governor Joseph Marañon and as City Legal Officer under former Mayor Monico Puentevilla.

Pressed if how many executive assistants and consultants he will appoint, Lacson said he will “keep it to the minimum.”

He said that he will tap outgoing Rep. Alfredo Benitez as consultant for investment promotions currently held by former governor Rafael Coscolluela.

“The congressman told me that he wants to fully utilize the office to help the province and has recommended several names to me,” Lacson said.

Meanwhile, he said that he will need an ordinance to be passed to fully maximize the Provincial Food Terminal and the Provincial Hostel, all are currently under construction.

The ordinances will prescribe rates for the usage of the facilities to be operated by the provincial government when it is completed, he said.* (NDB)

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