City-Capitol unite

Perhaps the time has come when city hall and capitol will be joining hands in local governance, a tradition which has long been in hibernation in Dumagete.

This unity was boosted when the city and provincial leaderships joined hands in leading the nutrifit walk.

What a pleasant sight where all the top leaders of the city and province took to the streets to join the launching of Nutrition month, for a sound mind in a sound body.

Unlike in the past, there is no political tension between the provincial and city governments following the election of Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo, who is an important ally of re-elected Governor Roel Degamo.

Remollo prevailed over former Vice-mayor Woodrow Maquiling, a protégé of then mayor now 2nd District Congressman Chiquting Sagarbarria and his predecessor George Arnaiz.

With this development, it is expected that the provincial and the capital city will jointly identify their priorities and provide funds for their realization instead of pursuing different agendas to promote the general welfare.


Meanwhile, the Lupad majority group took over 20 of the 22 committee chairmanships in a sign that they will not relinquish control the legislative agenda that will be made consistent with the initiatives of Remollo in the next three years.

The minority’s allies Councilors Jose Victor Imbo, Manuel Sagarbarria Jr., and Liga ng mga Barangay President Lionel Banogon were stripped or given no chairmanships at all.

Only Councilor Agustin Perdices Jr. was nominated to Chair the Committee on Barangay Affairs, Naming and Renaming of Streets, Public Places and Infrastructures.

Independent Councilor Estanislao V. Alviola III was elected Chairman of the Committee on Health and Nutrition.

On the other hand, Councilor Lani Ramon was elected to Chair five committees including the powerful Finance and Appropriation, Personnel, Ways and Means.

Councilor Alan Cordova chairs the Committees on Engineering, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development, Drugs Abuse, Peace and Order, Public Safety and Traffic.

Councilor Joe Kenneth Arbas is chairman of the Committees on Rules, Ordinances, and Legal matters, Economic Enterprise Trade and Industry, Labor and Employment.

Neophyte Councilors Karissa Faye R. Tolentino was elected Chairman of the Committees on General Services, Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation and Social Services while Michael M. Bandal chairs the Committees on Tourism, Culture and Arts, Youth and Sports, Good Governance and Public Ethics.

Third termer Councilor Manuel R. Arbon chairs the committees on Education, Agriculture, Fisheries, Environmental Protection and Conservation, Senior Citizens and Veterans.

Cordova extends his invitation for the minority to join as members to any committees of their choice.

The City Council also elected representatives to the special bodies: Ramon to the Personnel Selection Board; Bandal to the People Law Enforcement Board and Cordova to the City Peace and Order Council.

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