Councilors get P200,000 each for vehicle maintenance

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


EACH Davao City Council members will get P200,000 annually for government-issued vehicle maintenance, City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said.

"Every year, apil na sa budget. Ug every year, nagkadako (budget). Naay uban gani wala na gadagan. Tinuod na (It's in the budget every year. It even increases yearly. There are vehicles that are no longer running)," he told reporters in an interview on Tuesday.

Thus, he said the plan of the City Government of Davao, through Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, to purchase 26 brand new vehicles is just right.

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"Mas maayo ang brand new para mas effective sila (They can be more effective with brand new vehicles)," he said.

He also said the old ones should be auctioned.

He added that all members of the 17th City Council except Councilors Joanne Bonguyan-Quilos, Diosdado Mahipus, and Rene Elias Lopez have government-issued vehicles.

Bonguyan-Quilos belongs to the National Unity Party (NUP), Lopez is a candidate of Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and Mahipus was a member of the Hugpong Party but was dropped from the roster after he campaigned for Joji Ilagan-Bian, the rival of Hugpong's candidate 2nd District Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano.

The Vice Mayor's father on Monday revealed he will provide "transportation to all the councilors in keeping the dignity of the office".

"But I will not allow them to buy motor vehicles na muabot ug million. Mga P500,000 to P700,000 siguro," the city mayor said, adding that the purchase of new vehicles will be pursued only if the city has "extra money" so that other projects will not be sacrificed.

The 17th City Council currently has a total of 26 members.

The council used to have 28 members but former councilor Melchor Quitain resigned after he assumed post as the city administrator while Former Jasheera Gonzales's term as Sangguniang Kabataan representative to the City Council ended late last year.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 13, 2014.

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