MAYOR RIVERA’S FAREWELL ADDRESS DURING FINAL FLAG CEREMONY AS CITY MAYOR
Mayor Diego P. Rivera gave his final message during the flag raising ceremony at the City Hall stage today, June 27, 2022. During Mayor Rivera’s term as the mayor of Calbayog City, he was cited by the RP – Mission and Development Foundation Inc. as the Top 2 City Mayor for Region VIII. The DILG RO8 also recently included the LGU of Calbayog as one the recipients of this year’s Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, which is part of the DILG’s Seal Of Good Local Governance assessment system.
Despite the heat peaking at around 32 degrees Celsius from the morning sun, employees from the various offices of the LGU came out in full force to support the outgoing de-facto padre-de-familia of the city.
Several awards and citations were also handed out during the ceremony, in recognition of the notable achievements this year by several Calbayognons from various fields, institutions, and organizations.
Mayor Rivera imparted this emotional message during his final address to those in attendance.
“…I want all of you to know that this would be my last flag ceremony that [I] will attend in [the] stage during my incumbency as your City Mayor, of Calbayog…
…Pasalamatan ta kamo san iyo kinasing-kasing na suporta ug gugma sa akon as your City Mayor, of our city. Ug gin tagan ko an ciudad ug an aton fellow Calbayognons san serbisyo nga waray pili, serbisyo nga may upod nga gugma…
…May ada ak usa nga mensahe nga I want you to remember, and I will not also forget this. Apisar san aton gin agian nga kakurian san eleksyon, apisar san mga siring pa mga very attractive offers sa akon para bayaan ko an ciudad, bayaan [ug] igbaligya ko kamo… Wara ko himoa an pagbaligya san ciudad, waray ko himua an pagbaya san ciudad san Calbayog. Bumakdaw ako up to my last [day of] office this coming June 30, noon of June 30. Tungod kay akon kamo hinigugma ngatanan, upod an aton ciudad san Calbayog. I have (a) mixed feelings now, tungod kay an iyo amay malarga na. You can imagine kun unano an ginbabati san amay kun nabaya san iya pamilya, ngan san iya mga anak. Pero naglalaom ako nga kunta nga an waray ko mahuman, huhumanon san malingkod nga administrasyon, para matagan liwat san gugma nga akon ginbilin pareho sa iyo ngatanan. Sa iyo ngatanan, thank you so much and may the Almighty bless us all.”
You can view Mayor Diego’s message in this video: