By Helen Castaño | 07:25 PM July 03, 2022
Tagbilaran City’s youngest and first female mayor is officially on the job.
Jane Yap was sworn in during a ceremony at the Bohol Wisdom Gymansium on July 1, also the city’s 65th Charter Day.t
The event was attended by her family, newly-elected local and provincial officials, city’s department heads and employees.
“I stand today on the heels of great men who came before me – the great City
Mayors who have transformed Tagbilaran into Bohol’s center of commerce, education, and politics. As we celebrate the 56th Charter Day of Tagbilaran, we feel a deep respect and gratitude to our founding fathers and trailblazing leaders. Each success, each achievement, is a celebration and a motivation for higher goals,” said Yap who won by great landslide in May 2022 elections.
She said as a woman and a mother, she knows public service is quite daunting.
“But I know deep in my heart that there is no happiness more satisfying and fulfilling, than building a home. Tagbilaran is our home, and each one of you is a part of our growing and thriving family. With God’s grace, together we are going to make Tagbilaran City, the best home of our lives, a home full of love, a love shared by everyone,” she said.
Yap replaced her husband Baba Yap who became mayor in the city for nine years.
Her top priorities will include health services, education, environment, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, peace and order.
“Before being elected as your Mayor, I am a wife first and a mother to Janah and Jaby. But today, I am now a mother to over 105,000 Tagbilaranons. I am responsible
for your wellbeing and welfare. A mother not only to a few but to all. I am here to serve you, within the tenets of democracy and equality, without discrimination based on age, gender, religion, or political affiliation. Under a participative and consultative brand of leadership, we will obtain an inclusive progress for all. Malungtaron nga Asenso Para sa Tanan.”
She was sworn in by Gov. Erico Aristotle Aumentado.