Roderick A. Alcala, City Mayor of Lucena from 2012 to this very day, joins the ranks of seasoned public servants at a relatively young age, having dedicated over 25 years of his life to local governance.
He began his public service journey as Lucena City SK Federation President in 1994, working his way up to Executive Assistant, then City Councilor from 1996 to 2001. He rose prominence in the city when he was elected Vice Mayor in 2001, an office he held until 2008 by way of re-election.
He served as Chief of Staff under then Congressman Proceso Alcala from 2008 to 2010. That same year, he secured the seat of Vice Mayor for the third time, cementing his legacy as a public servant, and positioning him within striking distance of mayorship. True enough, he won the office via landslide.
Under his term, Lucena City flourished and built itself around the pillars of the Alcala administration: Health Care, Infrastructure, Housing, Solid Waste Management, Social Services, and Education.
His breakthrough health programs include access for marginalized citizens to major health care services includes free consultation, laboratory, and hospitalization. The establishment of the Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng Lucena serves as the flagship of his efforts to further education.
Focusing on infrastructure projects, as well as stabilizing the peace and order situation translated to accelerated local economic development. To measure, local revenue skyrocketed from P650 million in 2013 to over P1 billion in 2017.
Under his leadership as Mayor, the City was bestowed the DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance and Good Financial Housekeeping, Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance, and the 2018 City Anti-Drug Abuse Council Award from the DILG.
Today, as Lucena City welcomes a new decade, Mayor Alcala envisions what he calls a “Smart City,” which translates to improving local government service even further through the use of the latest in information and communications technologies.
His battle cry “Sama-sama sa Bagong Lucena” served as the banner that guided the people of Lucena City towards steady progress. It shall also be the same call for unity that will propel the sustained evolution of Lucena City in the years ahead.