Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Monday, Nov. 20, that if the new Bacolod City administrator were recruited from the provincial government it would speak well of its employees.
Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez has yet to name the new city government administrator to replace lawyer Pacifico Maghari III who retired on Nov. 1.
He, however, admitted that the new city administrator will come from another local government unit.
Lacson said no one from the Capitol has asked for a transfer so far.
“Assuming that he recruits (from the Capitol), that speaks well of our government employees here, that anybody is capable of getting hired and having the trust and confidence of the Bacolod City mayor,” he said.
If the new city administrator comes from provincial government “I will be very happy for that government employee…Bacolod is a highly urbanized city and because we have a mayor who really wants to put in changes it nice to be part of that movement,” he said.
It’s a position that is respected, the city administrator is the alter ego of the mayor, Lacson said.
The mayor spoke of trust and confidence so he knows the person he is hiring, Lacson said.*