Binay urges Makati City Council to support reforms
Makati Mayor Abby Binay has called on new members of the City Council to support reforms and innovations being pursued by her administration to raise the quality of life in the city.
“Given a fresh mandate, I am asking for your full cooperation so that we can continue to promote inclusivity and provide the best public service to the people of Makati,” Binay said during the first session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Makati held on Wednesday morning.
In her address, Binay thanked the people of Makati for their trust and support, especially during the eight-month campaign.
“Now is the start of a new chapter for us in order to fast-track progress in Makati,” she said. “We need to push through with the digitalization of Makati for us to be considered as the country’s first certified Smart City that is fully capable of providing efficient, transparent, and first-rate services to its residents.”
Binay expressed optimism that the city government would be able to speed up the implementation of initiatives aimed at fast-tracking the city’s progress and transformation into a Smart City.
“With the new set of councilors, I am very confident and assured that we are now on the same track. Let us help one another. Together let us promote a better quality of life here in Makati,” she said.
The mayor pointed out the need to conceptualize and pass new reforms and innovative ways aimed at improving the quality of life, as well as raising the city’s competitiveness as a premier investment destination.
“I know that our job will be difficult, but I believe that if we all work together, we will succeed in achieving more ambitious goals that will accelerate the transformation of Makati into one of Asia’s most progressive cities,” Binay said.
The new Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Makati, led by presiding officer, Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, is composed of 18 Councilors, with eight from each of the two districts, the Liga ng mga Barangay president, and the chairperson of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Makati.
From District 1, the City Councilors are Virgilio Hilario, Jr., Anna Alcina Yabut, Luis Javier, Jr., Jose Villena IV, Martin John Pio Arenas, Armando Padilla, Rene Andre Saguisag, and Camille Puno-Ramos.
The City Councilors from District 2 are Kristina Sarosa, Arnold Cruz, Dennis Almario, Benedict Baniqued, Maria Dolores Arayon, Leo Magpantay, Shirley Aspillaga, and Israel Cruzado.
The two other members of the City Council are Liga ng mga Barangay president Maribel Vitales and Makati SK Federation president Rodolfo San Pedro, Jr.
Councilor Armando Padilla has been designated as temporary majority floor leader.
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