President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a symbolic key from Filipino-American Daly City Mayor Raymond Buenaventura after the courtesy call at the Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (January 30). (MNS photo)

MANILA, Jan 31 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III received Mayor Raymond “Ray” Buenaventura of Daly City, California, United States in Malacanang Palace on Wednesday.

Buenaventura, of Filipino descent, was accompanied by Consul-General Marciano Paynor Jr., of San Francisco, USA, during his courtesy call held at the Music Room of Malacanang Palace.

Also in attendance were Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario, Foreign Affairs Chief Coordinator Cecilia Rebong and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Carlos Sorreta.

During the meeting, Buenaventura expressed his firm belief and confidence in the Aquino administration. He told the Chief Executive that he was honored to meet him and look forward to a good relationship between the Philippine government and the Daly City.

Elected mayor of Daly City in December, 2012, Buenaventura oversees the largest city in San Mateo County with a population of over 102,000. Daly City has one of the highest concentrations of Filipino migrants in the US.

He remains committed to work to address the diverse and changing needs of residents, businesses and employees in the city of Daly.

His five guiding principles in setting priorities include facilitating community building and civic engagement, promoting an aesthetic community environment, enhancing the quality of life for residents, creating a healthy citizens and healthy community opportunities, and fostering economic vitality and financial sustainability.

Previously, Buenaventura served as vice mayor of Daly City for one year in December, 2011, after having been appointed councilman to fill in a vacant seat due to a resignation in April of that same year.

Prior to his appointment as a councilman, Buenaventura was a Commissioner on the Library Board of Trustees for Daly City.

He is an attorney licensed to practice law in California and Washington D.C and a certified specialist in Criminal Law. He served as a Commissioner on the California State Bar Advisory Commission on Criminal Law.

In addition, Buenaventura worked as professor at Lincoln Law School in San Jose where he taught Election Law and Evidence. He held several positions in several organizations in the past years. (MNS)