|MAYORAL INAUGURATION: Mayor Art|
Celeste during his inaugural speech on
June 30, 2013 at the city gymnasium in
By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
ALAMINOS CITY - The once vaunted Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) here has been left on the dustbin of neglect after it was relegated out of the top 100 tourist spots in the country according to the city new mayor. “I just learned that the Hundred Islands was out of the Top 100 tourist spots in the country,” newly elected mayor Art Celeste told the multitudes who attended his inaugural speech in the public gymnasium here in June 30.
Celeste appealed to the thousands of supporters including the governor at the gymnasium that the provincial government and this city pass their respective resolutions and ordinances for the province to participate in the beautification of the Hundred Islands. He said the help of the governor, an aesthetic buff, and his elder brother congressman Jesus “Boying” Celeste (First District, Pangasinan) is crucial for the development of the premier tourist spot of the province. Celeste urged his city mates to give him three years to prove his worth. “Try me for three years pag wala akong nagawa tanggalin niyo ako as mayor,”he told the crowd.
He said he is not vindictive. He wants to set good politics among his constituents.
“I’m willing to work with you. I hope you do”.
But he has a message to some personnel at the city hall identified with the past administration who probably do not like their assignments in the forthcoming re-organization.
“Ayaw niyo ng trabaho, gumawa kayo ng paraan na hindi ko na makikita ang mga mukha niyo!” he declared. Celeste told his paper that he belies reports in other news outlet that he wants the airport project’s scrap.
“No. Why should I stop the airport! Ang sabi ko lang it is impossible to push through with the project kasi we need a national support for that purpose kasi kung pondo lang ng siyudad hindi kaya. We need an airport (but) billion (pesos) iyan,” he said.