Councilor Quitain resigns-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
DAVAO City Councilor Melchor Quitain announced on Tuesday his resignation from the City Council during its regular session. He is set to assume the post of city administrator effective September 10.
Quitain’s replacement has yet to be named.
"I now tender my resignation from the Honorable Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) in open session, effective upon the close of office hours on September 9, 2013 to give me time to wind up my affairs, settle my obligation, if there be any, and attend to the needs of the employees assigned to my office who stand to be dislocated in the aftermath of my resignation," Quitain said in a privilege speech delivered in Tuesday's regular session.
His resignation did not come as a surprise as Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had already made the announcement that he is eyeing Quitain as his city administrator.
"I have long joined Mayor Duterte in his mission of both fortifying the truth that ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people and transforming Davao City into a government for the least, the last and the lost," the councilor said. "His mission is my vision. Consequently, his lead is mine to follow," said Quitain.
He said he might move to the City Administrator's Office on September 10 "in all probability."
For now, he said he is more concerned as where his more or less 20 employees/personnel go next after he moves out from the City Council.
Who will replace him?
Quitain said he has no idea yet as to who will replace him in the council, adding that it is Duterte, Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod Party chair, who will make the announcement anytime soon.
Duterte earlier said that he is eyeing for somebody from the Muslim community to replace Quitain in the local lawmaking body once he will assume his post as the city administrator.
"Ang ako lang gipangayo nga tarung lang mag serbisyo. I'm still looking for that guy," Duterte earlier said. "I want the council to be a representation of Davao City."
No instructions yet
In an interview, Quitain said that although the mayor has not yet given him assignments as the city administrator, he personally plans to meet all the department heads of the executive branch.
"I already know what to do. My first agenda is just to talk to the heads of the departments, get feedback from them," Quitain said. "Tell me your problems and we will see how we can solve that problem."
He said Duterte will be leaving for abroad soon and he wants everything to be in place.
When asked what the most challenging part as a city legislator was, Quitain said: "Everything is challenging. The way I look at one issue is as challenging as the other. You have to take these issues/problems and also those surrounding it."
But he said his incoming job as the city administrator will be more challenging than his task in the City Council.
"Implementing laws is more difficult. You have to deal with a lot of people. People who will be affected, like their livelihood, mas mabigat yun," Quitain said.
Quitain's trademark in the City Council is when he called the attention of his colleagues in the 16th City Council to observe proper time during sessions.
He reminded them to refrain from arriving late or leaving the session hall early, which causes adjournments of sessions for lack of quorum.
He said his family supports him in his next endeavor.
"You go where fate leads you," Quitain said, quoting what his wife told him.
Meanwhile, his colleagues in the local lawmaking body wished him nothing but the best for "the louder call of public service."
Among those who sent their hopes to Quitain in an open session were Councilors Diosdado Mahipus, Bonifacio Militar, Bernard Al-ag, Victorio Advincula Jr., and Tomas Monteverde IV. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 04, 2013.