Council no quorum in session over financial statements-A A +A
Sunday, March 3, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The city council here failed to muster the necessary quorum over the previous week’s session, which includes in the agenda the request of a councilor for the 2012 financial statements of the 4th City Council.
Some few weeks back, councilor and vice-mayor wannabe Jimmy Lazatin requested for the Office of the City Accountant to make public the 2012 financial statements of the City Council.
During the 138th regular session of the august body, Lazatin said he has officially verbalized his request for the disclosure late December last year, which was acted upon by City Council secretary Lynn Lagman in a letter to city accountant Gisel Rivera dated January 11, 2013.
Under Republic Act 6713, the City Accountant’s Office has 15 days to respond to the request.
“It has been quite some time that my request has been made and I want to know what seems to be the problem. Those financial statements are public documents. In my nine years as a councilor, I have not been privy to our finances, which actually should be disclosed after the closing of books each year. This august body is composed of honorable legislators and I am certain you would agree with me that we have the right to know how the funds of the City Council were spent or where it was used. In any case, I am willing to wait for the 15-day response period and would seek a ‘question hour’ with the city accountant as the case may be,” said Lazatin said in a previous interview.
Councilor Noel Tulabut agreed with Lazatin, who noted in a previous interview the importance of the financial statements disclosure, saying: “I agree with my colleague that the financial status of this august body be made public as we work for the people of San Fernando. It must be so in the name of transparency and good governance.”
Councilor Lito Ocampo, also in a previous interview, for his part, opined that if the 2012 books of the city accountant have “not yet been closed,” statements ending November 2012 would suffice, to which Lazatin readily agreed.
Lazatin has yet to comment on the absence of his colleagues in the previous session.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 04, 2013.