THE BILL criminalizing the practice of naming government projects after public officials has received a cold shoulder in Misamis Oriental Provincial Board (PB).
Board Member Jimmy Caiña's proposed resolution supporting the bill was not approved by majority of the members during the PB's regular session Monday.
No one from the august body seconded Caiña's motion to support Senate Bill 2187 filed by Senator Francis Escudero. This led Vice Governor Norris Babiera to upheld Caiña's resolution.
However, Babiera emphasized that the resolution would still be deliberated under the Committee on Laws and Rules, with him as the chair.
"The Commission on Audit has certain requirements on government projects so we have to make sure that the SP will not violate these requirements before we would approve the resolution," Babiera said.
Under Senate Bill 2187, Escudero said naming projects such as waiting sheds, ambulances and even trash bins after politicians' names "falsely gives an inflated sense of accomplishment to public officials to their constituency."
Under the bill, violation is punishable to one year imprisonment and a fine of
P100,000 to P1 million depending on the amount of the government project. (Annabelle L. Ricalde)