Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto hates government projects bearing his likeness so much that seeing the letter "V" on the logo of their newly reorganized City Veterinarian's Office angered him.
"Akala ko double meaning ng 'Vet' at 'Vico.' Eh alam ng buong city hall na bawal sa'kin yan. Lalo na kapag taxpayers ang nagpondo. Agad naman ipinaliwanag sa'kin ng City Vet na ganyan pala ang logo ng veterinary medicine sa buong mundo," he wrote on Facebook.
(I thought it meant "Vet" and "Vico." People in the city hall know that I forbid such practice, especially if taxpayers are paying for it. The city veterinarian quickly explained to him that that is how the logo of veterinary medicine looks like.)
The mayor said he had to check on Google, and found out that even the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association and its foreign counterparts use the element. He had to apologize to the person he reprimanded.
"Gayunpaman, ayokong malagyan ng anumang bahid ang mga ginagawa natin — hindi lang sa City Vet kundi ang makabagong paggogobyerno na pinaghihirapan nating makamit," Vico said. "Kaya mali man ang basehan ng maaaring ipagtaka ng tao sa logo na may V, pinapalitan ko na rin ang logo ng City Vet. Naging mas cute pa!"
(Still, I don't want our projects to be politicized — not only the City Vet but also the new brand of governance that we strive to achieve. Even if the basis is wrong, I ordered the revision of the logo. It even became cuter!)
The city government recently offered a free spay and neuter and anti-rabies vaccine program for stray dogs and cats. Vico is also set to inspect meats in the market to ensure the health and safety of Pasig residents.