Mayor’s allies get major SP committees

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


A REORGANIZATION of the committee leaderships in the City Council of Bacolod City during its regular session on Wednesday enabled the majority bloc allied with Mayor Monico Puentevella to corner the chairmanships of major committees previously held by those in the minority.

The reorganization followed the approval of a resolution declaring all positions of committee chairmanships vacant.

Out of the 28 committees, 18 are now chaired by the mayor’s allies, including his son, Councilor Claudio Jesus Puentevella, who was named chairman of the committee on finance and appropriation, a post previously held by Councilor Roberto Rojas, an ally of Representative Evelio Leonardia.

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Puentevella retained the chairmanship of the committee on fire, natural disaster and calamities.

Councilor El Cid Familiaran now chairs the committees on health, urban poor housing and resettlement, and police, security and jail management; while Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue chairs the committees on trade, commerce and industry, and tourism and local, national and international cooperation.

Councilor Archie Baribar was designated chair of three committees, including education, urban planning and development, and senior citizens and veterans affairs.

Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. also took over the chairmanships of three committees – public works, cooperative and livelihood, and environment.

Councilor Sonya Verdeflor chairs the committees on agriculture and fisheries, and women and gender while Councilor Ana Marie Palermo heads the committees on laws, ordinances and good government, and social services.

Aside from being chairman of the committee on barangay affairs, Association of Barangay Captains president Noli Villarosa now chairs the committee on transportation and traffic management previously under Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez.

Lopez was assigned chairman of committees on markets and slaughterhouse, and ways and means.

Rojas is now chairman of committee son human resources, and human rights; Councilor Em Ang, committees on family and child development, and history, culture and arts; Councilor Caesar Distrito, committee on government assets, and youth and SK affairs; and Councilor Alex Paglumotan, committees on labor and management relations and overseas workers, and communication and energy.

Paglumotan, who formerly chaired the committees on education, trade, commerce and industry, and urban poor housing and resettlement, said the reorganization is inevitable since there is a new majority in the City Council.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 29, 2014.

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