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Albay’s new governor is Legazpi’s mayor.

The recently elected governor of the province is the multi-awarded chief executive of Albay’s major city.

After beating incumbent Governor Al Francis Bichara by over 230,000 votes, the Albay Provincial Board of Canvassers named Noel Rosal as Legazpi City Mayor on Tuesday evening.

Rosal received 469,481 votes, while Bichara received 238,746 votes, according to official canvass results from Albay’s 15 towns and three cities.

Rosal’s high accolades and remarkable successes in this city, according to observers, catapulted him to the governorship by a landslide victory.

Rosal is the current chair of the Regional Development Council and the former chairman of the Bicol Regional Peace and Order Council (RDC).

Rosal received local, national, and international awards and recognition for good governance during his 18 years as mayor of Legazpi City, including those from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Most Business-Friendly City, Gawad Kalasag, Seal of Good Housekeeping, Rice Achievers Awards, Sandugo national award, Seal of Good Governance Hall of Famer, Most Livable City, and the Wind Vane Award from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration were among the honors bestowed on Legazpi during Rosal’s tenure (PAGASA).

Bichara, on the other hand, had already served as mayor and congressman before taking over as governor of Albay. During the Arroyo administration, he also served as ambassador to Lebanon.

Rosal claimed his landslide victory in the last election is a manifestation of the transformation that the people of Albay have demanded in an interview on Wednesday.

“Albay offers a diverse range of activities. For the interest of our constituents, we need to undertake more significant developmental programs and projects. We will improve healthcare services for everyone, especially those who live in island settlements and other remote areas of our province. “We’ll also increase social services so that our constituents feel like they’re part of the government,” he stated.

Rosal also stated that he will focus on barangay development projects to help people improve their livelihoods, as well as support the efforts of all sectors of society to help the province develop further.

He thanked the Albayanos for their enthusiastic support for his gubernatorial campaign.

Rosal is the first governor in 30 years to be elected from the province’s second district.

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