Council OKs Agan’s resolution on DILG transparency circular PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 March 2011 17:07

The City Council approved during its regular session yesterday a resolution sponsored by opposition Councilor Rommel Agan respectfully requesting the office of the city mayor to faithfully ensure the compliance of DILG Memorandum Circular on full disclosure of all government transactions in conspicuous places and in the Internet.

It was the resolution coming from the opposition bloc calling the attention of Mayor Celso Lobregat to remind the department heads of the city to strictly comply what is mandated in the circular which was issued last month by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Councilor Abdurahman Nuño, a senior member of the City Council belonging to the majority bloc, voted in favor of the resolution which was presented by Agan in a very courteous way to make other government offices aware of their responsibilities as mandated under the circular.

Nuño’s comment on the issue successfully convinced other members of the majority to vote in favor of the resolution like Councilors Lilia Nuño, Benjamin Guingona III and Roger Valesco.       Aside from the main proponent, Councilors Jihan Edding, Melchor Rey Sadain, Rudy Bayot and Cesar “Jawo” Jimenez, all from the minority bloc, manifested their full support to the resolution.

Four councilors abstained from voting (Myra Paz Abubakar, Eduardo Saavedra and VP Elago) while Councilors Luis “Noning” Biel, Jaime Cabato, Rey Candido and Rudy Lim voted against for they were not completely convinced by Agan’s argument on the need to pass such resolution.
Guingona, on the other hand, explained his affirmative vote saying that since time immemorial, “I am always for transparency.”

“Agan’s resolution is harmless one. I see no reason not to support it for I know that the mayor will understand the stand of the council,” Guingona said.

In a press statement, Secretary Robredo reminded local government units to observe the agency’s “Full Disclosure Program” that started back in August last year.

Five months since the order came out, only 227 LGUs or 13% have so far abided by the policy: 10 provinces, 25 cities and 192 municipalities out of the country’s 1,714 LGUs.    Zamboanga City was not one the cities that have complied with the law.

Under the program, local chief executives are required to post their financial transactions and expenditures in conspicuous places in their localities and or their respective government websites.
Not convinced with Agan’s presentation, Councilor Cabato voted against as he expressed belief that such resolution was insulting on the part of the chief executive.

Councilor Biel voted against because Agan has reportedly refused to tone down the tenor of the resolution.

“There‘s nothing to tone down. My resolution is so simple and harmless,” Agan said. — Jimmy Villaflores