LuzViMin heads seek Mayor Vico’s tips on good governance

Published May 26, 2022, 12:51 PM

by Khriscielle Yalao

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto’s progressive leadership has attracted the attention of leaders in the provinces of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, who visited him on Wednesday, May 25, to learn about the progress the city has achieved and the keys to good governance.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (left) and San Pedro City, Laguna Mayor Art Mercado. (Photo courtesy of Art Mercado’s Facebook Page)

Art Mercado, the newly-elected mayor of San Pedro City, Laguna, shared in a social media post his enlightening meeting with Sotto at the Pasig City Hall.

“For the past 3 years, nakita nating lahat ang malaking pagbabago sa bayan ng Pasig. Mula sa kanilang policies and programs, implementation ng mga social services, transparency & governance, at lalo na sa pandemic response. Ito yung gusto ko sanang matutunan at madala natin sa ating bayan (For the past 3 years, we’ve seen the big changes in Pasig City. From their policies and programs, implementation of social services, transparency and governance, especially on pandemic response. This is what I want to learn and bring to our town),” Mercado said.

Prior to the campaign period, Mercado said he also visited Sotto in March to seek advice on how to enact improvements in his city.

Mercado added that there are plenty of programs from Pasig City that he wished to copy and implement in San Pedro City.

He also met with Atty. Jeron Manzanero, the city administrator of Pasig.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto giving a talk and tour to representatives of the LGU of the Municipality of Tolosa, Leyte who visited the Pasig City Hall. (Photo courtesy of Atty. Diego Santiago)

Representatives from the local government of the Municipality of Tolosa, Leyte also had a bench-marking visit to the Pasig City LGU.

An exchange of ideas and methodologies took place during the visit, particularly on policy, transparency, and accountability in local governance.

These include good governance and transparency measures such as proper streamlining of government services and elimination of red tape practices.

Calapan City Mayor Tita Malou Flores-Morillo (left), and Vice Mayor Bim Ignacio (right) at a courtesy call with Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (center). (Photo courtesy of Tita Malou Flores-Morillo’s Facebook Page)

From Mindanao, Mayor Tita Malou Flores-Morillo and Vice Mayor Bim Ignacio of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro paid a courtesy call on Sotto.

During their visit, they discussed plans and projects that Calapan City may be able to adopt from Pasig City’s best practices that will improve the lives of Calapeños.

In a social media post, Flores-Morillo also said that she and Sotto agreed and “were united on the necessity of instituting changes beyond traditional politics.”

Under Sotto’s term, Pasig City was recognized as a certified “Most Sustainable and Liveable City” in the country in 2021, pertaining to its climate action initiatives and socialized housing projects.

Sotto was awarded as one of the “Honorary Local Chief Executive of the Year” in the NBMA in 2021 and in March 19, 2022.

Most notably, he was recognized by the US State Department as an “International Anti-Corruption Champion” in 2021, with a special mention from US State Secretary Anthony Blinken.

Now on his second term, Sotto hopes to strengthen his anti-corruption, proper fiscal, budgetary management, and inclusive social services advocacies.