|New Lingayen Mayor Hallari|
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
LINGAYEN – The newly installed mayor of this capital town said the first order of the day under her administration is fiscal reform and cleanliness. Mayor Edith Hallari said she has already readied the fiscal reform she is going to implement to save more funds.
She is geared to investigate the controversies involving the former treasurer who was hurriedly assigned at the provincial’s treasurer office after the bursar was linked to a transaction involving more than ten million pesos of municipal fund.
The new mayor agreed when asked that heads will roll among her personnel just like the sacking recently of Mangaldan Mayor Berex Abalos of two department heads in that town after they were found to be liable in abusing their positions in handling public funds. Abalos, just like Hallari, was installed in the mayoralty after his predecessor former mayor Herminio Romero died of a heart attack. Hallari replaced former Mayor Ernesto “Jonas” Castaneda after the latter succumbed to cardiac arrest in Makati Medical Center in Manila around 6 am of March 16, 2013.
Castaneda reigned over this town for 18 years. After he completed the first three terms, his Josefina, known as Iday won the mayoralty and served the first class town for three years. Hallari, Iday, and outgoing Board Member Von Mark Mendoza slug in a three cornered mayoralty race for May 13, 2013 poll.
A resident here who asked anonymity lauded the gesture of Hallari for a clean Lingayen.
Meanwhile, former provincial administrator Albertini De Guzman assumed as Hallari’s municipal administrator. Before De Guzman got the post, he was the assistant city administrator of Dagupan City under Mayor Benjamin S. Lim. He has a three-year stint too as municipal administrator of Sta. Barbara under former mayor Reynaldo Velasco when the latter served the town from 2007-2010