Beng gets blanket authority to pick CSOs for special bodies PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 11:19

Mayor Beng Climaco now has a blanket authority to choose which civil society organizations in Zamboanga shall become members of the four special bodies that the city government under her administration will soon reconstitute.

This, after representatives of 47 out of 50 CSOs present in yesterday morning’s forum voted in favor of the motion by Red Cross Zamboanga City Chapter Administrator Victor Liozo, granting Mayor Climaco the blanket authority to choose which CSOs shall be represented in or become members of the soon-to-be reconstituted City Development Council, City Health Board, Local School Board and the Peace and Order Council.

Liozo reasoned out that to select the representatives among themselves would take time and to give the mayor the blanket authority would shorten the process without violating any provision of the Local Government Code.

Besides, he added, the mayor, being the chairperson of all the special bodies, is in the best position to choose which among the CSOs are qualified and fitted to sit as members of any of the special bodies as mandated by the Local Government.

Teresita Sebastian of the Mindanao Business Council seconded Liozo’s motion on the ground that Mayor Climaco herself had said that she wanted an inclusive participation of the private sector in the local governance.

“Meaning to say all sectors of society will be given the opportunity to serve and help her administration whether or not they are members of any special bodies,” Sebastian said.

Retired Prof. Ali T. Yacub of the Golden Crescent Movement Peace Builders and Affiliates, however, disagreed to the motion as it would be susceptible to favoritism. ‘How would the mayor know? What would be her preference in the selection?” he asked.

Yacub suggested the CSOs to submit a paper to the mayor specifying which special body they would want to sit as members. Another peace advocate backed Yacub up.

Held at Centro Latino, the CSO Forum on Selection of Representatives to the City Special Bodies was initiated by the city government through the City Planning and Development Coordinator’s Office in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Of the 57 CSOs invited to the forum, 50 were present and of which about 35 are expected to sit as members of the City Development Council, while the rest will spread out their representation to other special bodies. — Vic Larato