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La Trinidad town adopts Speaker as ‘Batakagan’

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Officials of the municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet province on Sunday presented House Speaker Martin Romualdez with a copy of the resolution adopted by its Sangguniang Bayan, declaring him as the town’s adopted son.

Resolution No. 69-2024, adopted by the municipal board during its regular meeting on March 26, likewise bestowed the name “Batakagan,” meaning “Brightest Star” to Romualdez.

La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda, along with other officials of the municipality—the capital of Benguet province—presented a copy of the resolution to Romualdez as he was spearheading the launch of the cash and rice distribution program held at the Benguet Sports Complex.

“Resolved as it is hereby done, to declare the House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Gomez Romualdez, as an adopted son of the Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet Province and bestowed with the name “Batakagan” (Brightest Star),” the two-page resolution read.

The Sangguniang Bayan said the people of La Trinidad are very much honored to welcome Romualdez, who was in the municipality Sunday to lead the launch in the province of the Bagong Pilipinas Serbisyo Fair (BPSF) program of the administration of President Marcos.

“His (Romualdez’s) noble intention and effort to visit and show support to the constituents of the municipality of La Trinidad deserve recognition worthy as a son,” the resolution stated.

The resolution noted that aside from overseeing the legislative function of Congress he also conceptualized and spearheaded the BPSF, “a groundbreaking event aimed at revolutionizing public service in the Philippines, showcasing innovative approaches to improve government efficiency and responsiveness.”

“Bringing together various government agencies, private sector partners, and community organizations, the fair serves as a platform for interactive exhibits, workshops, and discussions focusing on engagement, digital transformation, and inclusive governance,” the resolution cited.

Benguet Rep. Eric Go Yap noted that even before the BPSF was conceptualized, Romualdez had been providing various forms of assistance to the people of the province.


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