Binay prefers old Makati City hall building as VP office

June 13, 2010 11:17 pm 

MANILA, June 13 — Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay plans to hold his office at the old Makati City hall building upon assumption of his new post in July.

The five-storey structure, which is located along J.P. Rizal Street, is accessible to the public and could easily be secured as Binay is familiar with its ins and outs.

Binay, the outgoing Makati City mayor, said he could ensure that people see him work.

He will set up different offices, such as a complaints department and a press office inside but the renovation of the building could take up to 6 months, so for the meantime he would have to stay at another office at the PNB financial center.

Meanwhile, Binay assured his supporter that he will not be the “spare tire” vice president.

"The vice president must be a working, active vice president," Binay said who is stepping down as Makati mayor to take over the second highest post in the land on June 30.

Binay said he would like to become the next secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) under President elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.

"I don't know which department I would like to head if DILG is not offered to me. If I am offered another post, I will study it. But I hope that I would be offered a post that I really like and where I am experienced," he said.

Binay has served as Makati City's chief executive for 6 terms or more than 20 years. He was appointed acting mayor of Makati by Aquino's mother, President Corazon Aquino, in 1986.

He is the first local chief executive to be directly propelled to the 2nd top post in government.

He said one of his priorities would be to study how to strengthen local government units.

“Local government work is still the best stepping stone to higher office “because when you are with your people poverty is not a Powerpoint phrase , but one that you see in living color, on the faces of those who seek your help," he said .

“I know how hard it is for local governments to raise money for projects that will benefit their people because I’ve been there and done that, “ Binay said who served as mayor of Makati for a total of 21 years, plus three years as Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman.

“My experience in public service was up close and personal. It was never remote and distant. We've been on the ground running a government long before others,” Binay said.

But Binay admitted that he has yet to talk to Aquino about his proposal to head the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“I look forward to working with our next President. I believe both President-elect Noynoy and I share the same aspiration of improving the lives of our people. I am ready to contribute my experience and expertise in achieving this aspiration within our term,” Binay said. (PNA)

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