23-Year Old Mayor In Pangasinan Makes Headlines For Action Against COVID-19
Alaminos City Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste, 23, is presently the youngest mayor in the country.
A year after his graduation from De La Salle University in Manila, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Arthur Celeste, who served as mayor of Alaminos City from 2013 to 2019.
He is part of the list—currently topped by Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto—that glows with names of city magistrates using their vested power in the service of their constituents.
A netizen's remark puts it best, "Ang mga millenial [sic] public servants ay nagaalab.."
Mayor Brian's first initiative during lockdown was to hand out relief goods to 25,000 families in Alaminos City in the province of Pangasinan. He personally helped in the repacking and distribution of the bags.
Photos from the first day of his relief operations on Saturday, March 21, were uploaded on Facebook, and have now garnered over 8,000 reactions and 1,600 shares.
The post read: "Simula na po ang distribution ng relief goods dito sa Alaminos City. Antay-antay na lang po at mahirap na trabaho ang magbigay sa bawat pamilya.
"Huwag po kayo mag-alala at LAHAT po kayo ay mabibigyan. Kasama po natin ang lokal na pamahalaan, ang ating mga brgy. officials at ang pribadong sektor na nagtutulong-tulong para makarating po sa inyo LAHAT ito. #AlaminosCityParaSaLahat."
For the relief goods, Mayor Bryan bought 730 kilos of vegetables and 10 tons of fruits from their own farmers.
He posted this on Facebook, Sunday, March 22: "Marami pong vegetable growers ang naapektuhan ng COVID-19 quarantine.
"Hindi po nila maibenta ang kanilang mga produkto kaya bilang tugon, binili po ng ating lokal na pamahalaan para hindi po ito masira at ito’y mapakinabangan.
"Kasama po ito sa mga ipamimigay natin na pagkain sa ating mga kababayan."
Netizens left comments on his posts commending his work; others seemed just charmed by his good looks.
Mayor Bryan first served as barangay chairman in 2018, and headed Pangasinan's league of barangay chairpersons.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.