Oric dares minority bloc to check, monitor transactions PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 July 2013 11:40

Lamitan City Vice Mayor Roderick “Oric” Furigay has challenged Lamitan councilors belonging to the minority bloc to stay in the opposition for them to be able to check and monitor government transactions under his administration and that of his wife Mayor Rosita Furigay.

The vice mayor made the challenge during the council inaugural session yesterday, referring it to re-elected councilors who were his critics during the election campaign period and who were allegedly serving as obstacle in the passage of their 2013 annual budget.

Mr. Furigay’s message was centered toward his programs of government that he and his wife Rosita have been envisioning for more development in the fastest growing city in the ARMM.

Opposition councilors have expressed doubt on a possible outcome of the kind of government led by the first couple of Lamitan.

“I challenge therefore those opposition councilors to remain an opposition for you to be able to check and balance our government transactions. But please be constructive oppositionists,” said the former mayor now elected vice mayor in his less than 20-minute speech during the inaugurals held at Datu Dizal Cultural Center.

Furigay assured the more than 500 people in attendance that under his term, all budget proceidures  will be more transparent and more accountable to the people so they can feel the real essence of good government.

“I am also aware of my obligation and limitation as presiding officer and vice mayor. To the members of the city council, rest assure of fair, balance and shared ideas so that a consensus may develop toward a particular solution with the primary aim of putting forward first the interest of the general public. I will tell you bluntly that transparency, accountability and good governance will be defended and protected at all cost,” Mr. Furigay emphasized.

Meanwhile, newly elected and first lady Mayor Rosita Furigay revealed her priorities for the first 100 days in office.

As the former chairperson of the Lamitan Tourism Council, Mrs. Furigay said she will prioritize the security plan and will personally lead in the conduct of the clean-up drive particularly in the public market and all roads in the city.

She vowed to increase the salaries of streetsweepers under “job order” status and additional amount will be given to barangay health workers and CVOs.

As part of her road order program, Mrs. Furigay vowed to implement the city’s traffic code with the commitment of increasing the number of traffic enforcers and the possible increase of their salaries, too.

As her gift to the Islam believers, the lady mayor announced that a 6,000 square-meter lot is allotted for the establishment of a Madrasah which will cater not only to grade school pupils but also to high school and college students. — BA.