Solons ejected from Capitol

Congressional offices of Negros Orientalís three district representatives have been told to close shop by the Capitol administration to accommodate several other offices that needed their own work spaces.

Some critics earlier pointed out that the congressional offices must stay for they belong to the Legislative Branch and thus, must be appropriately housed in the Legislative Building of the Provincial Government. Besides, a number of clients needing the assistance of their congressional representatives, especially those with patients at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, would be best served if their offices are within the Capitol Area, where all other government agencies are located.

But the Capitol administration maintains that the legislative building was only for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the Governor has the prerogative to assign other offices to occupy some of the rooms and facilities.

This logic was interpreted by political quarters as done with political undertones, since all three congressmen are not partymates of the Capitol caretaker.

First to close was the Office of Cong. Manuel Chiquiting Sagarbarria, which transferred to Scoobys, a building opposite the Landbank of the Philippines- Dumaguete Branch. The Provincial Assessorís Office now occupies its rooms. Sagar owns Scoobys fast food chain.

Very recently, the personnel of Cong. Arnie Teves has transferred in Barangay Bantayan near the Solon apartments, while that of Cong. Josy Limkaichong opted to pack up and leave for La Libertad, in her own district.

Commission on Human Rights Special Investigator Jesus Canete confirmed that he and his staff will occupy a portion of the previous office of Limkaichong since they are currently occupying a building that will soon be rehabilitated.

The staff and personnel of the Gender and Development, Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities are likely to occupy the former office of Cong. Teves.

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