Labella proposes to give voice to ordinary citizens in Council-A A +A
Saturday, December 21, 2013
VICE Mayor Edgardo Labella formalized his proposal to allow ordinary people to share their sentiments about Cebu City.
He calls it “Citizen’s Hour,” which would be part of the regular session of the Cebu City Council.
To support his ordinance, Labella banks on the provision of the Constitution that states, “The right of the people and its organizations to effective and reasonable participation at all levels of social, political and economic decision-making shall not be abridged.”
“The State shall, by law, facilitate the establishment of adequate consultation mechanism,” Article 13, section 16 of the Constitution read.
The Citizen’s Hour is a way to consult the public.
The proposal will amend the Cebu City Council’s house rules, particularly on the order of business in the conduct of a regular session.
Labella wants the Citizen’s Hour to be conducted after the reading of the minutes of the previous session but before the public hearing.
If this pushes through, Cebu City will be the first local government unit in the country to have this type of initiative.
Labella learned about this in one of his official business trips to London.
The proposed ordinance was referred to the committee on laws, which will render a committee report on the regularity of the measure.
The Citizen’s Hour is also a program included in the executive-legislative agenda.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 22, 2013.