After twenty years of serving as trial court judge, Atty. Roberto Ayco brings his competency to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong as City Administrator.

Mayor Lina Montilla appointed Atty. Ayco to the position on August 7 after it became vacant due to the passing of former Administrator Eduardo Nicolo.

Deemed as a critical position in the government requiring vast expertise, the mayor sees Ayco as her fitting alter ego in running the city.

Ayco started his career in the judiciary as a Municipal Trial Court (MTC) judge. After four years in the MTC, he got his appointment as presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 26 in Surallah, South Cotabato. He made Branch 26 his home for 16 years until his retirement in December 2015.

Judge Lorenzo Balo, who succeeded Judge Ayco as presiding judge of RTC Branch 26, described his predecessor as an “embodiment of integrity, probity, and impartiality”. “It might sound paradoxical but Judge Ayco proceeds to render his judgments based on the legal truth and not on the truth”, Balo explained.

Balo said that his respect to Ayco went beyond their professional ties. “Personally, he is like a father to me who is always there to catch me when I fall”, he added.

Eight months after his retirement in 2015, Ayco was hired by LGU Tacurong as City Legal Officer. He stayed in the job for two years until his recent appointment as city administrator.

Ayco’s staff at the City legal Office speak highly of him. Genebeth Aranas described him as a strict superior who maintains an approachable personality. “Aware of our limitations, Atty. Ayco would be the first to offer his help to us if we encounter problems related to office tasks”, she said.

Another staff, Janebille Paredes, said that Atty. Ayco’s uprightness is a quality he brings from his work in the judiciary. “His emphasis is on honest governance especially in the utilization of government funds”, Paredes explained. “If a government worker erred on his job, specifically in aspect that involves government funds, that person will surely face legal consequences”.

Mayor Montilla believed that Atty. Ayco’s two-year stint as Legal Officer will pave way for an easy transition to his job as city administrator although the new position is wider in scope and entails a much larger responsibility. (AFreno-LGU Information)