I was born poor from poor parents, lived amid poor surroundings, hurdled life’s trials along with poor circumstances. That’s an open book. Whatever I have achieved and wherever I am right now, I owe it to hard work, perseverance, and faith in God.
And because this is who I am, I know what it means and how it feels to be an ordinary resident of this city. I know what it means to be an ordinary Dumaguetnon, I know what the needs are.
That is what I aspire to offer to the people of Dumaguete – the attainment of their needs and the fulfillment of their dreams.
WILLIAM ABLONG travelled and stood the test of time as a former street child, scavenger, “coin diver”, porter, news boy, shoe shine boy, gasoline boy, house boy, construction worker, laborer, dish washer, waiter, school janitor, messenger, student-leader, editor-in-chief, columnist, community organizer, event organizer, military officer, environment project manager and consultant to various international organizations, educator, cooperative movement top leader, church servant-leader, and public servant
– City Vice-Mayor, City Agriculturist, City Administrator.