LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — A young incoming mayor-elect who ended a 15-year reign of a father-and-son in Calasiao town has promised to uphold transparency throughout his three-year administration.
In a press conference at President’s Hotel here, the 27-year-old Joseph Arman Bauzon said his number one battle cry during the campaign was transparency.
“There was a little transparency (in the previous administration). When we were in the campaign, no one knew how big the budget (of the town) was, how big the loan was, or how the loan was used,” remarked Bauzon.
Bauzon defeated Vice Mayor Roy Macanlalay, father of Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay who ran for vice governor but also lost.
He said they will put up a bulletin board to show the public all the projects, all the expenses and all the transactions of the local government unit (LGU).
Bauzon disclosed that the existing amount yet to be paid by the municipal government to the Land Bank of the Philippines is Php110 million.
The amount was the balance from the two loans: Php65 million for the town hall construction and, Php75 million of which Php55 million was used for the completion of the sports complex, Php11 million was spent for the street lights project along Brgy. Poblacion and Php9 million was a counterpart for the new slaughterhouse, said Bauzon.
Bauzon, who is an incumbent councilor, said he, himself, has not signed a resolution authorizing the town mayor to negotiate for a loan with Land Bank, adding there were two of them belonging to the minority in the Sangguniang Bayan.
He said upon checking with department heads in the LGU, he was informed that the municipal government has a Php30 million development fund a year, at least Php12 million of which goes to loan amortization.
“We will try to investigate irregularities but we will focus on what we can do in our three-year mandate,” said Bauzon.
“The plan is there, the vision is there, the problem will be the funding,” he noted.
The mayor-elect then urged would-be investors to come and invest their money in Calasiao.
He said at least three major companies — hotel, home depot and supermarket are the possible investors in the town during his term.