TO ensure the unhampered and efficient services to the people of the first district of Cebu, the House of Representatives on Wednesday night designated Speaker Lord Allan Velasco as caretaker of the area following the death of former Deputy Speaker and Cebu Rep. Raul Veloso Del Mar, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez said on Thursday.
“Our good Speaker Lord Allan Velasco is the most competent and qualified leader to take care of the legislative district of our late colleague, former Deputy Speaker Raul V. Del Mar. Speaker Velasco will ensure the unhampered flow of service to address the concerns of Cebu’s First District,” Romualdez said.
Velasco’s designation as caretaker was “upon the wishes of the late Rep. Del Mar, as communicated by his family and constituency.”
The House also elected former Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro “Dong” Mendoza as its new Secretary-General after Atty. Jocelia Bighani Sipin tendered her resignation early Wednesday.
“Congressman Dong Mendoza is another able and competent leader who can assist Speaker Velasco to navigate the House of Representatives to greater heights,” Romualdez said on Mendoza who is his good friend.
Sipin will assume a new position as Deputy Secretary General to work closely with Velasco and oversee the affairs of his office.
“Deputy Secretary General Sipin, the long-time trusted Chief of Staff of Speaker Velasco, will always make her boss successful and effective because of her good skills, competence and strong leadership,” Romualdez said.