2004 - the 1st administrative term of Mayor Roque S. Verzosa, Jr. Tagudin was then a 4th Class Municipality.
And, typical of any first-timer in any field is the question of how and where to start and what projects and programs need be implemented in response to the needs of the constituency.
As systems and processes were still not in place, there was no database of basic indicators and information needed to assess the current situation and crucial to the determination of the existing problem(s). There was no profile nor annual situationer report for the whole town, its 43 barangays, sectoral groups, marginalized sector, etc.
Monitoring, status and accomplishment reports of completed projects were not also available including tracking systems for human resource management, communications, records, and the like.
Moreover, there was no roadmap, nor flagship program, nor solid waste management programs, that could provide a direction for governance.
Thus, the establishment of systems and mechanisms was badly and immediately needed. Networking and linkaging between and among the constituents, public and private agencies here and abroad need to established. And most, importantly, ardent, passionate and dedicated public servants who could initiate a change for “awakening” the sleeping potentials of the town.
The leadership was an instrumental catalyst that has transformed the people from complacency and dependence to co-ownership, participative governance, raising the bar of excellence, result-oriented and humility driven governance.