LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 16 (PNA) –- A huge crowd of supporters of Team Rosal-Roces showed up on Thursday to show full support to Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, Vice Mayor Vitorrio “Bitoy” Crisol Roces and nine candidates for councilors as they filed their Certificates of Candidacy (CoCs) at the Office of the Commission on Elections inside the City Hall compound.
The team members are running under the banner of Liberal Party (LP).
Six of those who filed CoCs for councilors are incumbents Vince Baltazar III, Melissa Abadeza, Jesus “Chito” Baldo, Beth Munoz-Dimaculangan, Lilian Ramirez and Ismael Buban III.
Two are new recruits -- Diego Obido, the present chairman of Barangay Bagong Abre and Alfonzo Bariso, incumbent barangay captain of Buraguis; while one, Jaime “Jim” Andes, was a former city councilor.
Councilor Rolly Rosal has also filed his CoC for board member of the 2nd District of Albay while Councilor Alan Rañola is expected to file his CoC for city councilor on Friday to complete the ten-member lineup.
The LP’s city candidates started their activity with a Mass celebration officiated by Monsignor Ramon Tronqued at the San Rafael Church, followed by a motorcade from the city’s downtown area to the office of the Comelec in Albay district.
Rosal, who was first elected as mayor of this city in 2001, was re-elected in 2004 and in 2007.
After he finished his three terms as city’s chief executive, his wife Geraldine was elected for one term as mayor in 2010.
In 2013, Rosal was again elected to the same position.He said the synergy of all the members of the Team Rosal-Roces will become again a big factor for the continuous implementation of programs and projects for the benefit of every individual in the community.
“We have already some giant malls in our city like the Liberty City Center Ayala Mall, Gaisano Mall, Yashano Mall and Gregorian Mall, and before the year ends, we expect SM City Legazpi to start construction on a ten-hectare area at Barangay Bitano,” Rosal said.
All these big companies will contribute more job opportunities to the Legazpeños and also improve the business climate of the city, which will surely help in the movement of the local economy, he added.
The city chief executive said his administration will also focus on more social services by way of giving their constituents universal health care services, particularly those who belong to the indigent sector of the society as, he said, he will continue to work for better education in the barangays.
Roces was first elected vice-mayor in 2010 and was reelected in 2013 under the ticket of Rosal.He is the youngest son of the late multi-awarded mayor Imelda C. Roces.
Roces vowed to always support the programs and projects of the city administration by way of making important ordinances and resolutions for the benefit of the city and its constituents. (PNA) LAP/FGS/EPS/CBD