DILG-8 commends Samar
SP for temporarily setting aside political differences
9 Samar board members present during the December 8 SP Regular
Session were all smile as they approved the P20,000 PEI each for all
regular employees of the province totaling P22.66 million to be
taken from the unappropriated surplus of 2011.
(photo by LUIS
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY –
DILG-8 Regional Director Pedro A. Noval, Jr., on Friday commended
members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan from both political fences in
Samar, for temporarily putting their differences aside, and instead
working on their real duties as legislators.
Noval, who had just
assumed office in Eastern Visayas last October, happily reported that
the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Samar was able to hold its regular
session at the governor’s conference room last Thursday, December 8,
2011 after failing to achieve a quorum for several months now.
Dir. Noval voiced his
concern at the possible effect of the continued absence of quorum in
the regular sessions, which delayed all deliberations on the 2011
budget, including projects for Samar residents, and benefits due to
It would be recalled
that Samar Vice-Governor Stephen James Tan wrote the office to ask
about possible remedies for the continued absence of the opposition
majority at the SP during regular sessions starting last August.
In a courtesy call,
Dir. Noval reiterated to Governor Sharee Ann Tan, that in cases where
the concerned absent Sanggunian members have no justifiable reasons,
the Vice-Governor can seek assistance from the police to arrest these
members, and bring them to the session hall to ensure quorum.
It was learned that
the session on December 8, 2011 was attended by ten (10) SP members,
including Vice-Governor Tan. In that session, the Sanggunian approved
the grant of productivity enhancement incentive bonus of P20,000 for
each regular provincial employee. The council also moved to refer to
the committees on laws and finance, the proposed 2011 and 2012 annual
budget of the province of Samar. The committees concerned will hold a
meeting this Tuesday to settle these issues.
expressed optimism that if public officials in Samar would remain
faithful to their intentions of public service, both groups could
achieve a constructive dialog with each other and be able to discuss
their differences within the ambit of local legislative processes.