TARLAC CITY — Vice Gov. Carlito “Casada” David has highlighted his political career during the recent inaugural session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here.
“Forty-two years ago, in 1980, I was elected board member…I was 30 years old, a new lawyer and the youngest among my colleagues… I was totally inexperienced and clueless on what to tell the people during the campaign as I was anxious and nervous each time I faced the crowd.
There were times when I would wish the rains would come down or brown out would occur so that our sorties would be cancelled,” he said in his speech before the new set of members of the SP.
He also paid tribute to the late Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. and lauded the present set of board members.
“I want to honor a great man who played the most important part of my political career. The man who chose me as a candidate for board member – I am referring to no other than our beloved, the late Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.,” David said.
“My felicitations also go to Board Members Romeo Evangelista, Jessie Aquino, Vernon Villanueva, Joy Gilbert Lamorena, Dennis Norman Go, Danilo Asiaten, Danilo David Henry Cruz, Harmes Sembrano, Christopher delos Reyes, PCL, ABC and SK Presidents Kristine Anne Legaspi,
Joselito Capitulo and Cristine Dizon as I have a great team in this Sanggunian,” he said.
He said he was pleased with the records set by the provincial board for the term 2019-2022 such as the fight against the pandemic, the early passage of the annual budget and the landmark legislations.
“The lone legislation that I am most proud of is the Tarlaqueño Centenarian Ordinance which continues to gain ground and has become popular among Tarlaqueños,” Vice Gov. David told the SP members.
Vice Gov. David called on his colleagues to once again devote themselves to the higher calling of serving their constituencies and hinted that he might retire from politics after his term as vice governor ends.
“After this third and last term, I may bow out of politics and enjoy retirement. I was the youngest to enter and now the oldest to leave the Sanggunian. But for now, I want to leave the legacy of a vibrant legislature that works in synergy with the executive and articulating the will and aspirations of Tarlaqueños through legislation… again, my sincerest thanks to each and everyone in this hallowed hall. You have been and will always be a part of my personal, professional and political life, you all have become my friends and family,” he pointed-out.
The provincial board earlier named the chairmen to lead the different Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committees.
Cruz for Appropriations and Peace & Order, Public Safety & Security; Go for Ways and Means and Information & Communication Technology; Evangelista for Rules, Ethics & Privileges, Ordinances & Legal Matters and Agriculture, NGOs & Cooperatives; Lamorena for Trade, Industry, Commerce & Economic Affairs and Environmental Protection & Natural
Villanueva for Agrarian Reform, Zoning & Land Use and Games & Amusement; Sembrano for Education, Tourism & Culture and Governmental & External Affairs; Asiaten for Transportation & Communication, Human Settlements, Urban Poor & Cultural Minorities; Aquino for Health, Sanitation & Population and Social Welfare, Edlerly and Disabled; Delos Reyes for Justice, Human Rights & Good Government and Labor, Employment & Livelihood.
Women, Children & Family Welfare and Infrastructure, Public Works & Highways went to David; Municipal Affairs & Community Development to Board Member Kristine Anne Legaspi; Barangay Affairs to Board Member Joselito Capitulo and Youth & Sports Development to Board Member Christine Dizon.
Board Member Romeo Evangelista Jr. was elected Presiding Officer Pro Tempore and Floor Leader while Lamorena Assistant Floor leader.