Manila’s first female mayor to push for equality, good governance in maiden term

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 29) – Equality and good governance will be the guiding principles of her first term as the first female mayor of the nation’s capital Manila, Honey Lacuna vowed.

Lacuna made the promise during her oath-taking on Wedesday at the Manila Cathedral along with incoming Vice Mayor John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto and elected city councilors of the 2022 polls. Their terms officially start on Thursday.

Ang aking pagiging isang babae ay hindi kailanman magiging dahilan upang tayo ay (hindi) maging matatag at epektibong lider ng ating bayan,” Lacuna said during her inaugural address.

[Translation: My being a woman will never be a reason for me not to be a strong and effective leader of our city.]

The 57-year-old local chief executive vowed to uphold equal rights among Manila residents.

Pananaigin natin ang mataas na paggalang sa karapatan ng bawat isa at patuloy na isusulong ang pagkakapantay-pantay, anuman ang kasarian, paniniwala, o kalagayan sa buhay,” said Lacuna.

[Translation: We will uphold high respect for the rights of everyone and continue to promote equality, regardless of gender, creed, or status in life.]

Lacuna, the daughter of former Manila Vice Mayor Danilo Lacuna, emphasized that having a good governance approach will help continue the improvement of social services in the city introduced by her predecessor Isko Moreno.

She added her administration will give utmost importance to the needs of senior citizens, persons with disabilities, solo parents, students, teachers, and city employees.

Gagamitin natin ng tama ang yaman at pananalapi ng lungsod at titiyakin na mapagtutuunan ng pansin ang mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng isang Manilenyo,” Lacuna said.

[Translation: We will use properly the resources and funds of our city to ensure that we can give importance to the basic needs of each Manileno.]

She said on her first day in office on Thursday, she will implement a program for city hall employees to ensure that their offices are clean and orderly.

Naniniwala na ang kalinisan at kaayusan ay hindi bagay na likas sa kaugalian. Bagkus, ito ay dapat matutunan at dapat nakakasanayan (I believe that cleanliness and orderliness are not innate in our beliefs. These values must be learned and practiced),” said Lacuna.

Lacuna was first elected as councilor in the city’s fourth district from 2004 to 2013. She became the city’s acting social welfare officer from 2013 to 2015, before serving as vice mayor from 2016 to present.