Vice Mayor Gian Sotto (left) and Mayor Joy Belmonte
By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Quezon City’s Serbisyo sa Bayan Party (SBP) has formally introduced their slate for the May 9, 2022 local elections today, October 9, 2021.
Led by incumbent Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, the party promises to bring QC to even “greater heights” as they recognize the need for the city to adapt to the new normal due to the emergence of the CoViD-19 pandemic.
Belmonte said that the CoViD-19 virus will not be gone and we must learn to live with it. But despite this, we must continue to work, do a living, and recover as a city.
“I am greatly honored to be surrounded by such a competent and dedicated group of public servants, who all share the same values and commitment to our collective mission: inclusive growth, the upliftment of lives and communities, and unwavering service to every QCitizen,” said Belmonte, who will be seeking a re-election under the Serbisyo sa Bayan Party (SBP).
“Together, we will bring this city to greater heights, I promise you that,” she added.
With her ticket by her side, Belmonte is confident they can deliver programs and projects included in her 14-point agenda, especially on housing, that can contribute to the city’s long-term development that will “resonate in the hearts of future generations”.
“Hindi po tayo nandito para maghari-harian… Kami po ay nandito at mapagkumbabang inaalay ang aming sarili para sa ikatataas ng antas ng pamumuhay ng pinakamahihirap sa aming mga kababayan,” Belmonte stressed.
“As long as there are people who are hungry, people who are not going to school, people who don’t have homes, people who do not have jobs, then we have so much work ahead of us to do. We will not rest and we have a reason to wake up every morning,” she added.
Belmonte said they won’t be distracted by criticisms as they are focused on addressing the challenges the city is facing as it marches towards the next three years.
“There are many challenges that we need to overcome, as we march on towards the next three years. I believe the times demand new invention, innovation, imagination, and decision,” said Belmonte.
Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, for his part, said the party is focused on serving the people and to work for the betterment of their lives.
“If you are here to be a politician, you’re in the wrong party. If you are here to be a servant of the people, you’re in the right party. Welcome ka rito,” said Sotto, who will also seek re-election as Belmonte’s running mate.
After the speeches, the entire SBP slate was formally announced. Here is the complete line-up:
District 1: Congressman: Juan Carlos Atayde; Councilors: Alex Bernard Herrera, Dorothy Delarmente, Tany Joe Calalay, Oliviere Belmonte, Joseph Emilie Juico and Maria Concepcion Charmagne Ferrer.
District 2: Congressman: Ralph Tulfo; Councilors: Eden Delilah Medina, Fernando Miguel Belmonte, Godofredo Liban II, Ranulfo Ludovica, Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla, and Clark David Valmocina.
District 3: Congressman: Franz Pumaren; Councilors: Kate Abigael Coseteng, Wencerom Benedict Lagumbay, Jorge Banal Sr., Jose Mario Don De Leon, Albert Alvin Antonio III, and Robert Neil Pacheco.
District 4: Congressman: Jesus “Bong” Suntay; Councilors: Ma. Aurora Suntay, Irene Belmonte, Ivy Xenia Lagman, Hero Clarence Bautista, Janet Malaya, and Edgar Yap.
District 5: Congressman: Patrick Michael Vargas; Councilors: Alfred Paolo Vargas, Shaira Liban, Ramon Vicente Medalla, Joseph Visaya, Alfredo Roxas, and Jose Arnel Quebal.
District 6: Congressman: Marivic Co-Pilar; Councilors: Eric Medina, Emmanuel Banjo Pilar, Victor Bernardo, Kristine Alexia Matias, Maria Eleanor Juan, Victorio Manuel Sotto-Generoso. (ai/mtvn)