At last City Council is organized PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:38

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

In yesterday’s city Council session, the council members were able to organize themselves peacefully and orderly. There was no heated discussion, except for a minor show of “self prestige” by some red team councilors, who first declined the committee chairmanship but professionally changed their decisions and accepted the chairmanship before the council session ended. Two very important and vital obstructions were resolved by the City Council members. 1. the council committee chairmanship was resolved and 2. the issue of IP mandatory council representation was also resolved with the new IP representative sitting down as a council member without any debate. This is indeed a good development for the city council, which started their 2016 with a bad omen of contradiction.

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The absence of unity among council members will still be the biggest obstruction to future deliberation, especially on issues that need the division of the house. The Red and Yellow grouping of city councilors will continue to haunt the body in times of voting on an issue. As what has been noticed during the distribution of council committee chairmanship, when one councilor from the  red team declined the nomination for some reasons, other red team members followed suit and also declined, for no reason at all, but surely like a fraternity bonding. Unless, the top leaders of the “Red” and “Yellow” councilors will unite and be together again like during those times when the late Mayor Ma’am Caling Lobregat was still the head of many of the city’s political leaders, we foresee a bleak future of unity among the city’s leaders.

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Many problems of the city are confronting the city councilors on how to go about it in terms of legislation. Although there were already some ordinances confronting the problem of garbage disposal, peace and order, street children, unruly sicad-sicad drivers in barangay roads and some city streets, illegal drugs and heavy traffic in almost all streets near commercial areas, but these ordinances are somewhat ineffective even if enforced seriously, because it looks too lenient to violators. The new members of the city council must look for ways and means to amend those ordinances.

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The City Council must now treat the council committees with importance. No resolutions or Ordinances must be approved by the legislative body without a recommendation or approval for deliberation by the concerned council committee. This is the only way for the city government to have “quality ordinances”, a product of research and committee deliberation.  Unlike many ordinances approved haphazardly and very fast for “pogi” points, without research and deliberation, many times it was noted to have flopped and rendered ineffective just after its approval. That is a classic example of “quantity ordinance”.

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Scoop: City Councilors, whether they are from the “Red” or “Yellow” team must have loyalty for the people of  Zamboanga City and not to their political parties. Because political parties don’t vote instead they spend  “people’s money” and make slaves of political leaders. Remember, political parties don’t have permanent friends and group, only a very, very permanent interest. Agree or disaree.