Vice Mayor Eisma hits back at Furigay PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2013 15:04

Lamitan City Vice Mayor Arleigh Eisma hit back yesterday at Mayor Roderick Furigay during the 2013 Sangguniang Panlunsod (SP) Maiden Session held at Datu Dizal Cultural Center in Basilan.

Eisma began his six-page prepared speech by chiding Furigay, saying that despite his forceful order to barangay officials including kagawads, department heads, employees and others not to attend yesterday’s session, they made themselves available.

The vice mayor presented to the audience the accomplishments of the August Body for their information, perusal, evaluation and reference for more meaningful partnership or engagement in the near future.

“Consistent with the thrust of the national leadership, the SP of Lamitan has exercised its version of “ Straight Path or Matuwid na Daan” in its legislative process. We always consider general welfare against personal interest; making decisions, guided with principles and prudent commitment while extracting the penumbra of dirty politics,” he said.

According to Eisma, the SP of Lamitan City, in the past 12 months, from January to December of 2012, enacted and has compiled a record of 5 Ordinances - the first 3 were appropriation ordinances and the next 2 ordinances approved by the SP were not signed by Mr. Furigay.

“Personally, I wonder why Mr. Roderick Furigay refused to sign these ordinances as these will benefit many constituents of Lamitan City?” Eisma asked.

The vice mayor was very grateful to their partners for the development of Lamitan who poured millions worth of programs and projects in the city. He specially mentioned the DSWD for the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, and the implementation of the Stimulus Fund Program that benefited in Dr. Jose Rizal Ma. Torres Memorial Hospital.

“Unfortunately these programs are being utilized by Mr. Roderick Furigay as his own personal assistance to the needy, where in fact MOA were made between the aforementioned institutions and supporting offices,” Eisma said.

He said the SP members believed that peace and order is the foundation of city development, thus a number of SP Resolutions were also designed to somehow improve security for the people.

While the SP have done its best in facilitating the accessing of resources and projects for the welfare of Lamitan inhabitants as mandated, Eisma said they also have done their best to safeguard the interest of the people from the whimsical acts of some government officials.

Eisma cited Resolution 2012-198, a resolution to put on records the unauthorized insertion/alteration on the SP approved Annual Budget for Fiscal Yeay 2012 through the appropriation Ordinance No. 2011-04.

According to him, the alterations were done before the submission of the SP approved budget to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for the latter’s concurrence.

Second, Eisma said the SP refused approval of the proposed P300 million loan for 10 long years, for it lacks the proper justification to warrant agreement from the majority of the SP.

“Where on earth can you find funding agencies approving even less than a million worth project without a well presented proposal and essential supporting documents as attachments?” And why apply for a loan when the City Government has enough fundings to support its Annual Budget? The City has a total of P312 million resources available for the year 2012,” Eisma asked.

Meanwhile, Eisma bared his assistance to their constituents utilizing his salary and personal bridging capital, such as sponsored 37 scholarship grants to the poor but deserving students in the tertiary level, help finance construction projects in some schools (ranging from school classrooms, comfort rooms, stage and fence), help finance the construction of waiting shades in the different barangays, and the conduct of free clinic on medical and dental outreach in different clustered villages and “Buntis” party as well as many more including free minor surgery, supplemental feedings, sponsorship of sports activities.

Before he concluded his speech, Eisma reacted to reports about the criminal and administrative complaint filed against him by Mayor Furigay with the Ombudsman.

“I would like to let you know that the P3.4 millions is allocated for the office of the Sangguniang Panlunsod. It is not only for Arleigh Eisma. The chairman on committee of appropriations can attest to that,” he said.