SP action on proposed ordinance deferred

By October 3, 2021Inside News


MEMBERS of the  majority at the Dagupan Sangguniang Panlungsod voted to defer the passage of an ordinance proposed by city hall and sponsored by members of the minority.

Councilor Luis Samson. Jr. moved for the deferment of the passage of Draft Ordinance 0-797 seeking the retitling of all plantilla positions in the Dagupan City government which can be used to advance the political interest of the incumbent city administration.,

“We know that the election is fast approaching. In fact next week, we will file our certificates of candidacy. So that the people will not suspect us of using this measure to advance our political ends, I move for the deferment of this draft ordinance.” Samson said.

Councilor Librada Reyna-Macalanda, a member of the minority in the city council, objected to Samson’s motion, saying that the proposed ordinance only seeks to retitle the existing plantilla positions in the city government and no increase in salary or benefits of the corresponding personnel will be made.

This, she said, is only in compliance with Department of Budget and Management Circular No. 130-67, series of 2021.

Macalanda’s view was echoed by Councilor Cisco Flores, also with the minority, who said other local government units have already retitled their existing plantilla positions and that Dagupan, a chartered city, will be left behind. He added that the existing plantilla positions in the city government are already obsolete and need to be changed.

Councilor Samson held his ground, calling the attention of his colleagues that based on the report of Donnafel Radovan, the city’s Human Resources and Management Officer, there are 103 unfilled plantilla positions that could be filled up just for political accommodation.

He suggested that the draft ordinance be passed next year since the DBM circular need not be complied right away.

When Majority Floor Leader Michael Fernandez asked Councilor Macalanda if the employees will not receive their salaries and benefits even if her draft ordinance is not passed, the latter answered in the negative.

There were eight councilosr who voted for the deferment of the ordinance while only three sought its passage.

Those who voted for deferment aside Samson and Fernandez were Councilors Karlos Reyna IV, Teresa Coquia, Marcelino Fernandez, Dennis Canto, Marvin Fama and Joshua Bugayong, Sangguniang Kabataan representative. (Leonardo Micua) 

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