Gasataya hopes to maintain cooperation after polls-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
THE outcome of the upcoming barangay elections might have an impact on which party, Grupo Progreso and Pamilya MKK, will have majority members in the City Council.
Bacolod Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said he hopes the cooperation between the City Council members will continue whatever the outcome of the elections.
This was his reaction to the pronouncement of Mayor Monico Puentevella that by the end of November they will have the majority in the council.
“That is democracy. We know that by the end of November when the Sangguniang Kabataan representative steps down, the City Council will have, although we do not know yet the outcome of the October 28 Barangay Elections, in reality the opposition will lead in terms of numbers in the SP,” Gasataya said.
But on our part, in many instances in the past, although we had the majority it was never an issue with regards to the cooperation with the Office of the Mayor, he added.
“This concerns its requests for budget or supplemental budget, authority and other needs of the Office of the Mayor. Let us just wait and see. I hope that this cooperation within the members of Council will continue whatever the outcome of the Barangay Elections, especially by the end of November when the SK representative steps down. I have been fair to all members of Council regardless if one belongs to one political party or not. I have also been consulting with them when it comes to issues and concern that we need to address,” he said.
Gastaya said, “So, for me the cooperation will continue especially now that we will start scheduling our deliberations and committee hearings in line with the proposed 2014 annual budget.”
Councilor Roberto Rojas, chairman of the SP Committee on Appropriations and Finance, is now studying the budget and they will ask from him the schedule of their committee hearing on the matter.
At present, the partymates of Gasataya under the Nationalist People’s Coalition-Grupo Progreso comprise the majority.
They are Rojas, Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez, Em Ang, Caesar Distrito, Alex Paglomutan, Mona Dia Jardin and SK representative Keith Emmanuel Ramos.
Those who ran under the MKK party of Puentevella are his son, Councilor Claudio Puentevella, and Councilors Wilson Gamboa Jr., Ana Marie Palermo and Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, while Councilors Sonya Verdeflor, Archie Baribar and El Cid Familiaran ran under the Magnificent Seven ticket.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 23, 2013.