Mayor Darlene’s First 5 Weeks (The Hard-working Mayor Series I)
It has barely been two months since the new mayor of General Santos City, the Honorable Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio took over the reins of running the city affairs from now Congressman Pedro Acharon, Jr. of the first district of South Cotabato.
During these times, the lady mayor has been holding orientation meetings with the different departments of the city hall, with the business, civic and community leaders; and, going around the city’s 26 barangays, all in a move to consolidate her new administration’s efforts to streamline and improve the way it renders service to the city’s constituents.
On the side, she had to squeeze in not a few inaugurations of new business establishments and personally meet visitors from local and foreign shores who drop by her office to make the mandatory courtesy call as well as welcome delegates and guests of the numerous regional conferences and conventions being conducted at the Tuna Capital.
These, plus a million other consultative conferences from different sectors to orient herself on the intricacies of her new role as administrator of the South Central Mindanao’s premier city.
Through it all, Mayor Custodio has remained nonplussed and unperturbed and focused on the tasks at hand. Being a workaholic just like her parents, the former Mayor Adelbert W. Antonino and former Representative Lualhati Antonino, her diligence and fresh work ethics have rubbed off on to her staff and co-workers.
Here then are some photos chronicling her first few weeks as the 8th City Mayor of General Santos City. Although not complete, they show us the portrait of a young hard-working official who even just at the start of her term is proving to us that we were all right in getting her elected.
All these photos were taken by Bariles, by the way.
Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and Lead of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. He is also a Google Local Guides champion. If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.
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it’s nice that gambling activities have been put to a minimum here in gensan since you became a mayor. gambling generallly undermine the value of hard work and morality of people. it’s also a sign a faltering economy, people tend to gamble if they see no other way to make a better living.
with gensan tuna industries in the verge of collapse, mindanao power shortage in the offspring, threat of muslim separatists, threat of global environment related-catastrophies due to global warming, i do hope you continue to find ways and lead us to build a better gensan.
politics by influence is good, politics by controlling is another thing. choose well and act wisely…
Madame Mayor, may concern and mga Moro/Muslim civil society orgs jan sa Gensan. It’s about the Muslim cemetery in Uhaw, which is now being claimed by a private owner who threatens to bulldoze the graves there soon. Puno na daw talaga ang Muslim cemetery sa Labangal. Sana daw matugunan ninyo ito asap.
As the Moro/Muslim CSOs said in a gathering a few months ago, ‘If indeed Gensan is a pluralistic city and its LGU truly sees its constituents, whether Lumad, Settler, or Moro equally, then their concerns should also be heard and addressed.
Baka rin pwede mo sila isama ang isa sa kanila sa local special bodies ng city as a Moro NGO.
Tindog Gensan, Padayon Gensan.
its nice to see younger politician. Hopefully Darlene will also plan and make the city modern. Maybe a well planned designed Central business district with Tourism (hotels & restos, parks) and ICT zones(technopark) in it like newport city in pasay,the fort in taguig, eastwood in QC and even cebu, iloilo and CDO meron na din. Iplanned na nila ngaun pa lang determine the areas na suitable for it…wag na tayong maging classic sa pag plan habang maaga pa and malaki pa room for improvement para di matulad sa manila ..
its nice to see younger politician. Hopefully Darlene will also plan and make the city modern. Maybe a well planned designed Central business district with Tourism (hotels & restos, parks) and ICT zones(technopark) like newport city in pasay,the fort in taguig, eastwood in QC and even cebu, iloilo and CDO meron na din. Iplanned na nila ngaun pa lang determine the areas na suitable for it…wag na tayong maging classic sa pag plan habang maaga pa and malaki pa room for improvement para di matulad sa manila
i just hope all of you get renewals soon! And please make it regular.
that’s nice to know pero,ive heard complains from former people working for the kagawads na until now they haven’t received their pay at kung anu pa man ung dapat nila mareceive na kung tutuusin long overdue na…