SANTA, Ilocos Sur – “What goes up, goes down; but when you go down, leave a legacy in the hearts and mind of the people.”
Thus stressed Mayor Jesus “Popoy” Bueno II of this town as he underscored the many reasons behind the town’s consistent achievement as a Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awardee during a press conference at his residence here over the weekend.
“We have coined the idea long ago of serving our people practically from ‘womb to to tomb’ and this is one of the legacies we, the Buenos, would like to leave our people,” he said.
Bueno, who is one of the few chief executives in the province who disposes of his duties without a bodyguard, said that “politics is not a right but a privilege.”
“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again,” he said, citing the lines of Stephen Grellet.
Bueno said that before senatoriable Bong Go came out with his Malasakit Center, a one-stop health service center, Santa has been into it.
“Our SGLG awards are won because of our achievements in agriculture, disaster preparedness, anti-drug campaign, education and practically in all areas of public service. We even have housing projects in Barangay Pasungol but we do not herald these things. Just work in silence and let the noise be your success,” he said.
In the incoming elections, Bueno, who is a long-time Singson ally, predicted that the tandem of Governor Ryan Singson and Vice Governor Jeremias “Jerry” Singson, will triumph in the May 2019 elections. “Both of them are working public servants. They are achievers,” he said.