4 councilors log zero absences

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Friday, June 22, 2012

FOUR Talisay City councilors, including two from the opposition, registered a perfect attendance in the regular and special sessions since July 2010 up to this month.

Talisay City administration Councilors Rodrigo Cabigas and Dennis Basillote, along with opposition councilors Danny Caballero and Romeo Villarante, have attended the Talisay City council sessions without fail since the Fourth Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) started its formal term on July 13, 2010.

Aside from having a perfect attendance, Cabigas, who serves as the council’s majority floor leader, also has the most number of ordinances and resolutions authored.


On the other hand, two city councilors, including an ex-officio councilor, recorded the most number of absences, based on the latest performance report made by the SP Secretariat office.

Talisay City administration Councilor Eduardo “Digul” Gullas III topped the list of councilors with the most number of sessions missed, with 15 absences, including three special leaves and 12 sick leaves.

College students

Next to Gullas is Sangguniang Kabataan Federation president Carmel John Burlas, who posted 11 absences, including five sick leaves, four special leaves, and two official absences.

Both Gullas and Burlas are college students.

Talisay City Vice Mayor Alan Bucao, which serves as the council’s presiding officer, has five absences, including three vacation leaves and two special leaves.

City Councilors Richard “Choy” Aznar and Bernard Odilao also have five absences.

Another ex-officio official, Association of Barangay Councils president and Barangay Dumlog chief Charles Basillote posted four absences.

Out of three opposition councilors, only City councilor Valeriano Ylanan has absences, with three. Administration Councilors Edward Alesna and Celiapo Cabuenas reported two absences.

Ylanan, who was reported to have the least number of resolutions and ordinances authored, explained in a separate interview that he found it difficult to have his legislations approved because he belongs to the minority bloc.

Meanwhile, Councilor Gullas told Sun.Star Cebu he tried his “best to be at the council sessions,” which are held between his morning and afternoon classes. He also missed some of the sessions during their “out-of-the country family vacations.”

“I made a promise to my parents that I will make good in my classes and pursue my education incessantly. But you know, the barometer of public service is not about attendance; it’s about serving my fellow Talisaynons,” Gullas said.

The City Council of Talisay conducted a total of 87 sessions, including 13 special sessions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 22, 2012.

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