Minutes after she was formally sworn in on Thursday as the Taguig’s chief executive, returning Mayor Laarni Cayetano hit the ground running by visiting programs that embody her administration’s three priorities – health, economic development, and peace and order.
Cayetano checked the city’s Love Caravan in Barangay Balagtas Covered Court, Lower Bicutan, where residents benefitted from free medical and dental services such as checkups, wellness checks, lab tests, and dental extractions.
She first launched the project in 2010. The city chief executive also expressed her intention to continue to improve the health programs developed by her predecessor, former mayor Lino Edgardo Cayetano, especially those that seek to combat COVID-19.
As part of her administration’s economic development thrust, Mayor Laarni visited the Work for Pay Orientation at R.P Cruz Elementary School, which was attended by more than 200 poverty alleviation program beneficiaries from Barangays New Lower Bicutan, Lower Bicutan, Hagonoy, San Miguel, Tuktukan and Bambang.
The Work for Pay initiative is a Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged (TUPAD) Workers of Department of Local Employment aimed at families affected by the pandemic but who are not among the national government’s ayuda beneficiaries.
The TUPAD program was funded under Bayanihan 1 and 2, which were passed when now-Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Mayor Laarni were serving their terms in Congress.
In the peace and order arena, Mayor Cayetano met with Taguig chief of police Robert Baeza and Barangay Captain Pedrito Bermas at the Western Bicutan barangay hall, as she laid down her plans to ensuring the city remains a safe place.
Earlier in the day, Mayor Cayetano said in her speech during her Panunumpa at the Sen. Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and High School, that her administration would continue the efforts of the past administration in fighting against COVID-19; expanding the economic development and employment in the city, and strengthening peace and order by conducting dialogues with stakeholders on how to intensify the anti-criminality efforts.
“With the overwhelming victory of our slate lie a million dreams and a million lives that look up to us for leadership and guidance,” she said.
After the oath taking, the mayor led a dedication ceremony in City Hall dubbed Pag-aalay attended by all department heads and employees. She dedicated the City Hall and their work to God, as the center of their administration’s service in the city.
Mayor Cayetano also signed her first executive order which institutionalizes a faith-based values-oriented leadership in the City.
Under Executive Order No. 2022-01 Series of 202, Cayetano sought to establish a moral uprightness and values formation program ensuring that all Taguig employees continue to serve residents with honesty and integrity as a “God-centered and people-oriented” local government.
The EO also lays down the administration’s zero tolerance for any form of corruption.