FOUR Iloilo City officials are deemed resigned from their appointive position in the City Government effective early this week in consonance with the Omnibus Election Code provisions and poll body rulings.

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, however, said these officials composed of three councilors and one volunteer are rendering service as a voluntary work and never received payment or salary for their extra work with the City Government.

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Deemed resigned as of March 2 from their extra work in the commissions and task forces created by Treñas three years ago are Councilor Erwin Plagata, as head of the Traffic Commission coordinating closely with the Traffic Management and Engineering Unit of the Philippine National Police; Councilor Jose Espinosa III, as head of the City Sports Commission that promotes professional and grassroot sports development in the city; and Councilor Julienne Baronda, as head of the city Anti Smoking Task Force that promotes anti-smoking in public places and transport.

Another volunteer, Edward Yee of the Iloilo City Boarding House Commission in-charge of monitoring and regulating the boarding houses in the city, is also considered resigned from the position.

All three councilors with appointive positions are running for vice mayor, while Yee is running for councilor in this coming May 10 elections. All have filed their certificates of candidacy in November 30, 2010.

Plagata is an independent candidate, while Espinosa is with the Nacionalista Party. Baronda is with the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.

Treñas said he is considering the appointment soon of other city officials or may appoint officers in-charge to fill in the vacated positions. (LCP)