Minuel Carmela Franco, a top finance executive and wife of the late board member Horacio "Raci" Franco officially took her oath as the new member of the Provincial Board on Monday, March 27.
Franco took her oath before Gov. Gwen Garcia at the Capitol, with the presence of all PB members.
"She will certainly be an asset not just to the Provincial Board, but I know she will be an asset to our plans financially - especially when it involves our financial programs and other initiatives. I know that she can share her expertise and experience that she has had in the world of finance," Gov. Gwen said in her message to Franco after the oath-taking.
The governor is optimistic about what Franco can do for the fourth district, especially the "unfinished business" of her late husband, particularly the upgrade plans for the Bogo Provincial Hospital.
Gov. Gwen said that Franco will also be able to help in the efforts of the Provincial Government in raising more tax revenues, having taken in several finance roles in the past.
Franco assured that she would try to bring her finance-related expertise to her work at the Provincial Government.
During her oathtaking, Franco was welcomed by the rest of the members of the Provincial Board who were also present.
After the oathtaking, Franco immediately got on board and attended the regular session of the Provincial Board.
PB member Glenn Soco, who is also a businessman before joining the board, said that Franco will "really provide a different paradigm in governance" having come from the private sector. He believes the new PB member can provide "lots of inputs" to the committees that she'll be working with especially the ways and means committee that her late husband used to handle.
The rest of the board members also expressed their full support for Franco.
Franco will be representing Cebu's fourth district after Malacañang has appointed her to replace her late husband, who died in September last year.
Before joining the government, Franco served as chief finance officer, treasurer, and chief compliance officer of energy company Vivant Corp.
She had taken several finance roles at the Cebu-based conglomerate. | (Carlo Lorenciana)