Sto. Tomas, DavNor Mayor delivers State of the Town Address

Subscribe Now March 14, 2013 at 01:40pm

Municipality of Sto. Tomas Mayor Maximo M. Estela delivered his 16th and last State of the Town Address (SOTA) Tuesday, March 12, at the town’s Municipal Cultural Center. Estela, who has been the mayor of Sto. Tomas for 21 years, is stepping down with the hope that he has left a meaningful legacy to the people of Sto. Tomas.

“I could not imagine how and what I will be doing after June 2013 but I am certain I will be missing the regular routine of touching base with you and the barangay folks that I oftentimes consult on how well this government could serve you better,” he said in a four-page speech delivered for his constituents.

Estela said he practiced a “principled leadership” which others call “hands-on-leadership” or “servant-leadership”. He said this boils down to the many lessons he has learned and applied for good governance.

“I was doing all the best I could by not just complying with the mandate but humanizing the mandate with a leadership that espouses honesty, integrity, transparency and equality devoid of personal interests,” he said.

Estela said his administration has always exceeded its target collection thanks to the employees who helped not only in the collection process but also in the identification of potential sources of additional income for the treasury.

He said the municipality’s conservative budget of P177 million last year has paid off in terms of impact projects and accomplishments. The bulk of the budget or P30 million, he said, was allocated for development fund, P9 million calamity fund and P12 million for the municipality’s Gender and Development Programs.

The municipality is a Bronze Awardee of the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Seal of Good Housekeeping. It has received P1 million from the Local Government Support Fund and P1 million Performance Challenge Fund which Estela said was used to purchase one unit of X-ray machine and the construction of the ABC Hall.


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