CITY OF MALOLOS– “We have no power over ourselves, other than the trust bestowed to us by our constituents. We need to reciprocate with public service the power entrusted to us.”
This was the message of Governor Daniel R. Fernando to himself and to his co-public servants as he took his oath of office for his second term as the 35th Governor of the Province of Bulacan during the “Pasinaya at Pagtatalaga sa Tungkulin ng Lahat ng Bagong Halal na Opisyal sa Lalawigan ng Bulacan” held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city yesterday.
Fernando said that being a great son of the province was neither his dream nor plan but he is accepting it with full humility.
“Sadyang mahiwaga ang kalooban ng Dakilang Lumikha. Tayo ay patuloy na namamangha sa gawa ng kanyang mga kamay. Paano nga bang ang isang ordinaryong tao na artista lamang kung turingan ay nabigyan ng karangalang manungkulan bilang ika-35 Gobernador sa mahigit na 400 taong kasaysayan ng dakilang Lalawigan ng Bulacan,” he said.
He also looked back on the events of the last three years and reminisced the challenges he had to survive just a few months after his first term has officially started.
“Ang nagdaang tatlong taon ay puno ng pagsubok at pighati. Hindi lamang para sa inyong lingkod kundi sa buong daigdig. Hindi madaling magsimula ang isang lider lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya, ang pinakamatinding krisis ng ating panahon,” the governor said.
Looking forward he said that his future plans are aligned with those of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.’s especially those regarding agriculture, infrastructure, and employment.
Finally, Fernando called on his fellow public officials to unite for further progress and development of the province and of the country.
“Mga kapwa lingkod-bayan, gamitin natin ng mahusay ang pagkakataong ito. Ituon nawa natin ang lahat ng pagsisikap upang maitawid ang sambayanang minamahal mula sa kawalan patungo sa daloy ng oportunidad sa kabuhayan,” the second-termer governor said.
On the other hand, former Governor Roberto Pagdanganan praised Fernando’s quick response against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Tunay na inilapit ni Governor Daniel ang pamahalaan sa ating mga kababayan. Iyan ang maririnig mo kahit saan ka magpunta. Madaling lapitan at tunay na inilapit ang pamahalaan sa bayan. ‘Yan si Governor Daniel,” the former governor said.
Meanwhile, other public officials who took their oath yesterday were Vice Governor Alexis C. Castro, Board Members, Congressmen, Mayors, Vice Mayors, and Councilors of the all the cities and municipalities of the province. ###