Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova led a thousand city government officials and employees in this morning first Flag Raising Ceremony for Year 2020.

In his message, Mayor Remollo exhorted government workers to be prepared for an exciting year, which promises to be full of events and positive development for the City and the people. This includes the construction of two concrete bridges in Colon Extension and near the BIR in Taclobo; the completion of the Central MRF and sanitary landfill in order to close the dumpsite; shoreline protection along Rizal Boulevard and Barangay Tinago; adoption of PediGrab and upgrade of the CCTV system that may include facial recognition, among other developments.

This year, Dumaguete City will once again host the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Meet this February with more than 10, 000 athletes and guests and nearly 3, 000 outstanding international athletes who will compete in ASEAN Schools Games in November.

Mayor Remollo also acknowledged that there is a possibility of another round of salary increases in tranches for regular employees once the national law will be passed and approved by Congress. The City Government will find means to fund the increases.

It should be noted that because of higher tax collection, the city was able to comply in granting the salary increases for regular employees in four tranches beginning 2016 up to 2019.

When Mayor Remollo assumed office, all job order employees were granted a total of P 70.00 across-the-board daily wage increases while the casual plantilla got a raise of P 50.00/day in recognition of their industry and dedication to service.

Mayor Remollo stressed that both the city officials and employees must work with industry and integrity to earn the trust of the people and translate the taxes paid into more services and benefits for the citizens.

Finally for the year 2020, public officials and employees ought to renew their commitment to ensure a government that is responsive to the needs of the constituents while a building a safer, greener and smart city that the future generation would be proud of.

This morning flag raising ceremony was sponsored by the Human Resource and Management Office under Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno T. Depositario.