The new Ngarchelong Governor Richard Ngiratrang urges the people to forget about the past elections and instead move forward for the betterment of the state.

In an interview during the sidelines of his inauguration on Friday, October 12, Governor Ngiratrang, the youngest to run for the gubernatorial seat during the Ngarchelong State 10th General Elections, said that the first thing he is going to do is consult the people about their needs and act on that basis.

Ngiratrang defeated the long-time Ngarchelong Governor Browny Salvador.

“I’m not going to say what’s my priority. I’m going to ask the people what are their priorities? What do they want?” Ngiratrang said, emphasizing that the priority of the people is his top concern.

Starting this Monday, October 15, Ngiratrang said that he will organize his administration and then start engaging with the people.

Ngiratrang shared that his decision to run for the gubernatorial seat did not just happen overnight, rather, it was the result of the realizations he had while he was still working at the State government.

“I was working at the State government prior to the elections and during that time I found out that a lot of things can be improved in the states but I observed that it’s not the priorities so that gave me the will to run and help the people of Ngarchelong,” Ngiratrang said.

Ngiratrang also used to work as a police officer for over 25 years.

“What I’m asking is let’s forget the elections, let’s forget the past and let’s hold our hands and get together and help to improve Ngarchelong for the better and for the next generation,” Ngiratrang urges.

A separate swearing-in ceremony was reportedly held by some elected legislators of Ngarchelong State during the inauguration of the new governor on Friday, October 12.

Ngiratrang had his swearing-in ceremony in Ngarchelong State while the separate swearing-in ceremony for the five elected legislators of the state was reportedly held at the Old Senate Building in Koror which was attended by former Governor Browny Salvador. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)