By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY, 27July2013 (BicolToday.com) – The City Administrator is the person who will command in full force of that authority vested in the position. He has arrived, the person of Cesar Balmaceda..
This is what the people of Sorsogon City have perceived after the confirmation of Attorney Cesar Balmaceda as city administrator by the committee on good government chaired by East District councilor Joven Laura last Tuesday.
It concluded that the nominee has all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications to hold the position.
The confirmation came after the councilor read a brief committee report which was adapted by the body in session without objection. A manifestation was included that the personal profile of the confirmed administrator be made available per request of councilor Emmanuel Diolata of Bacon District.
It also dispelled the rumor that he was in for a rough ride because of animosity with some of the members of the city council
A big responsibility is handed to him. His hands are full not only in assisting City Mayor Sally Lee in administering the city, but have to deal with the financial resources of the city and to spend it prudently. The review of contracts with a property developer which observers said are onerous, the two hundred thirty illegally issued tricycle franchises, and to contend with the business community because of high business taxes.
The lawyer administrator is not new to the pressure. His prior stint in government as provincial administrator has equipped him with the experience in local governance and, as an alter ego of the chief executive, he knows the demands and pressure of the position. [BicolToday.com]