Lim urges Manila city hall employees to continue to give best under Erap administration

May 20, 2013 10:51 pm 

MANILA, May 20 — Outgoing Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim Monday urged all City Hall employees to continue giving their best in public service, even under a new administration.

"Kung hindi man ninyo mapantayan, higitan nyo pa ang serbisyong ibibigay nyo para sa bagong administrasyon dahil 'yan ang inaasahan ng mga tao mula sa inyo," Lim said during flag-raising ceremony where city hall employees went emotional with most of them seen in tears.

Lim also thanked the employees for all the support and cooperation they extended during his incumbency and stressed that as public servants, they are duty-bound to serve the public in the best way they can at all times, 'dahil yan ang dapat at siyang nakatakda,' no matter who sits at the helm of the administration.

At the end of the flag ceremony, some city hall employees rushed to Lim for picture-taking while some asked for his autograph either on their uniforms, shirts, handkerchiefs, old photographs with him and even cases of gadgets.

The employees expressed continued support for Lim, whose feat, according to them, will be difficult to surpass.

For his part, sixth district Councilor Lou Veloso, who was Lim’s running mate in the recently-concluded elections, lauded the mayor for having surpassed the people’s expectations and leaving behind a city replete with institutions providing free basic services especially in terms of education and health care.

Currently, the city has six hospitals providing free health services at one hospital per district aside from 59 health centers, 12 lying-in clinics, two free colleges, 485 daycare centers and 97 additional buildings for elementary and high school.

Veloso also recounted that when Lim first assumed office in 2007, he inherited a P3.5 billion debt left behind by his predecessor.

The collection of the city, Veloso said, was adversely affected as the local government was obliged to give tax credits to huge companies whose taxes were increased by a hundred percent by Lim’s predecessor. (PNA)

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