Former Bulacan Gov. Roberto Pagdanganan receives from re-elected Gov. Daniel Fernando and Vice Gov-elect Alex Castro a Plaque of Recognition and a token as Guest of Honor and Speaker during Bulacan officials mass oath taking at the Capitol Gym on Monday. Photo by Anton Luis Catindig

CITY OF MALOLOS–Bulacan’s top two posts are now occupied by both actors after a fellow showbiz personality, re-elected Gov. Daniel Fernando picked as ally won the vice gubernatorial post in the recent May 9 election. 

Fernando and Vice Gov-elect Alexis “Alex” Castro took oath on Monday before Bulacan regional trial court Executive Judge Olivia Samar. 

Castro of Marilao town and son of a mother leader is currently a second termer board member from the fourth district. He won against closest rival former Governor and Third District Representative Joselito Mendoza through 746, 832-614,925 votes. 

Both of them of Fernando started as youth leaders (Kabataang Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan) respectively during their times before they became actors and commercial models.

In his speech, Castro said through landmark ordinances,  he will bring the limelight of legislation back to Malolos where the Malolos Constitution was crafted in 1898. Through ordinances he will lead pass, the provincial government would focus in eradicating out of school youth.

Fernando had been belittled by some groups for just being an actor. But Fernando was a graduate of Business Administration major in Management at the University of the East. Castro who finished mass communication in Far Eastern University was also later ridiculed when he joined Fernando.

Castro who was earlier elected as Marilao municipal councilor before his stint as board member was a national legislator awardee. He had been an elected leader for more than 15 years.

Fernando’s genuine love however, dedicated service and leadership to the Bulakeños particularly during the two year’s pandemic had proved his worth beyond question as today’s called for ultimate leader of the province. He has been in public service in the province for more than 20 years.

Former Gov. Roberto Pagdanganan, guest of honor and speaker during the oath taking ceremony said the event marks the dawn of a new and reformed breed of Bulacan leaders.

“Makasaysayan ang araw na ito sa ating lahat dahil ito ay bukangliwayway ng mga makabagong lingkod bayan sa ating mahal na lalawigan,” he said. 

Fernando assured Bulakeños of twice a month job’s fair, dredging of Calumpit river, revitalization of the farmer’s sector, among others while enormous development is underway the now under construction New Manila International Airport, the North South Commuter Railway System, other macro projects will bring to the province. 

Last week, a nine-delegation team of Korean businessmen met Fernando and Castro at the Capitol and toured prospective business sites in this capital city, in Guiguinto and Bustos town for an estimated $500M worth of investment. 

Fernando defeated former long time ally, former Governor now exiting Vice Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado through a run-away 987,160-586,650 victory votes (60.99%-36.24%) making him now the strongest elected leader of the province. 

Bulacan’s 24 Bulacan mayors, vice mayors, congressmen, board members and councilors also took their oath before Fernando and Castro.