The City Vice Mayor

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Thursday, June 5, 2014


THE CITY'S Vice Mayor is the presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and he takes the place of the mayor in case of vacancy in the office of said mayor.

The powers, duties and compensation of the Vice Mayor as provided for in the Local Government Code are as follows: (1) He shall be the presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and sign all warrants drawn on the city treasury for all expenditures appropriated for the operation of the sangguniang panlungsod; (2) Subject to civil service law, rules and regulations, appoint all officials and employees of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, except those whose manner of appointment is specifically provided in this Code; (3) Assume the office of the city mayor for the
unexpired term of the latter in the event of permanent vacancy as provided for in Section 44, Book I of this Code; (4) Exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions of the city mayor in cases of temporary vacancy as provided for in Section 46, Book I of this Code; and (5) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

The city vice mayor shall receive a monthly compensation corresponding to Salary Grade twenty eight (28) for a highly urbanized city and Salary Grade twenty six (26) for a component city, as prescribed under R. A. 6238 and the implementing guidelines issued pursuant thereto.

The city vice mayor is just a breath away from the mayorship as they say.

The city vice mayor of Mabalacat is Christian C. Halili 35 years old and has been in government for quite some time now starting as a councilor. He loves to quote: Mission first, before ambition. Like the mayor he spends most of his office hours catering to the needs of the masses, the city's poor sector.

The staff of the City Vice Mayor's office is composed of: Marla Gutierrez, Ethel Manalo, Arra dela Cruz, Analyn Valencia, Elaine Dungca, Rannie Navalta, Arnold Yap, Rebeck Alejaga, Vida Pialet and Leonardo Castro.

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People Serve Multi-purpose Cooperative, a local employer, comes to Peso Mabalacat regularly to conduct a Local Recruitment Activity. For June, it will be on the 11th and in July, it will be on the 2nd a Wednesday.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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