NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez said that though the Provincial Board (PB) is holding its regular session at the provincial Capitol on Wednesday, the body is amenable to hold out-of-town sessions if invited by the local government units

Alvarez said that the PB’s next session may be held in EB Magalona town as the board members were invited to by the municipal officials.

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Third district Board Member Manman Ko said that holding sessions outside the session hall “will be a great opportunity for us to personally meet and recognize as well as to be met and recognized by our constituents.”


Going to the local government level and conducting the sessions in their locality will also help provincial officials to personally witness and appreciate the projects that need the help of the Provincial Government, Ko stressed. 


Alvarez also said that in their session in Sipalay City last week, a counterpart project with the sixth congressional district, the Sipalay City Government, and the Provincial Government was discussed. The project concerns the renovation and conversion of the old Sipalay City Hall into a hospital.   


”This is one of the results of holding sessions in outside the provincial Capitol. The project would greatly benefit the people in the city,” the vice governor said.

He added that he will present the project to Governor Alfredo Marañon. 

Meanwhile, the Provincial Government had taken measures to expedite the processing of papers and payments at the Provincial Accounting Office, said Marañon.


The new scheme involves the mandatory use of routing slips, which will indicate the date, time, and receiving personnel for the documents processed at the Accounting Office.

The routing slip will make it easy to identify the section or person who caused the delay in the processing, said Alvarez. 

The measure was proposed by Board Member Pedro Zayco after some reelected board members complained against the snail’s pace of processing at the Provincial Accounting Office. 


"It has improved the system," Alvarez said. 


Alvarez reiterated that his goal to find the solution to the problem of delayed processing at the Accounting Office prompted him to ask for a meeting with the governor and the concerned officials last July 1.

It was during this meeting that Provincial Accountant Merly Fortu allegedly raised her voice and insulted the provincial officials which resulted to the filing by Alvarez of administrative complaints against her. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)