With Nikki Magbanua and Rakki Raquinel from the Bacolod City Government Center
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez wore a shirt jack today to his first Monday and flag ceremony at the Bacolod City Government Center as mayor of this urban center of 600,000 people.
It was white, the same color he wore during his campaign when he called for change here.
“Let us start fresh,” Benitez called on City Hall department heads and employees who gathered for the regular flag raising held every Mondays.
The former three-term solon said during his first Monday address it would be his “first time” to serve as a chief executive.
He appealed to department heads present for help and their patience.
“I ask patience for everyone especially sa department heads, to give me more time to understand how things work.”
Benitez was joined today by Bacolod Cong. Greg Gasataya and councilors under Team Asenso.
He met with department heads after the ceremony and photo ops joined in by employees and supporters.
Benitez asked them at one point to raise a hand forming the letter “C” that symbolized his call for change
“I will give my life for the flag,” Benitez said, a thought, he said that occurred to him after someone asked him “what will it take to give your life?”
With that passion, he said, it includes service to government and “respect for the flag and work.”