june 26, 2013
By Cha Monforte. Rural Urban News
The Sanggunian Panlalawigan of Davao del Norte for the 2010-2013 term ended their session Monday afternoon, well patted on the back by a record of accomplishing unprecedented performance since the birth of the province in 1967.
Their last session was timely as the province in the morning kicked off its celebratory activities for the 46th founding anniversary on July 1.
SP secretary Dennis Dean Castillo in his summary report informed the body that the SP’s “unprecedented performance since 1967” came from their collective accomplishments in three functions of the SP as legislative body, quasi-judicial body and oversight body.
He particularly noted that in adopting in its entirety the Executive Plan of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario to the Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) 2010-2013, the outgoing SP made a history when through legislations it accomplished 95 percent the provisions of the ELA, and 98 percent of its own legislative agenda.
“This is also the first SP incumbency to enact an expanded legislative agenda because of its early accomplishment of the main legislative agenda,” Castillo said.
“In mobilizing all standing committees, it resulted to 17-percent increase of legislative approval as compared to the previous 2007-2010 term,” he said.
“There was no adjournment made due to lack of quorum,” he added.
The SP was also cited for the approval of the Gender and Development Code, Environment Code and the Housing Code as required by the national government, and making due legislative spadework for the Investment Incentive Code, Public Safety and Security Code, Tourism Code, Health and Sanitation Code and the Omnibus Scholarship Program.
For providing quality legislations, the SP earned a Very Satisfactory-Plus grade by the Dept. of Interior and Local Government.
The SP is also the first to receive an Excellent Legislative Award given by the governor in 2012.
Moreover, the SP was cited for the full implementation of the “paperless session which resulted to a drastic reduction in office supplies and materials and helped component local government units to also reduce expenditures by submitting three copies only instead of the required 18 copies.”
Also cited on the outgoing SP were the restructuring of the staffing pattern of the legislative department, professionalism in the ranks of SP employees, knowledgeable backstopping, research and liasoning, approval of the establishment of Davao del Norte Learning Institute, well-crafted and researched legislations and transparency.
“Though members came from different political affiliations, the SP decided as one in legislating the Governor’s PEOPLE platform of governance, ELA, Development and Investment Plan and others,” Castillo wrapped up his report.
For his part, Presiding Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr congratulated and thanked each member of the provincial board, singling out those exiting members for doing a good job and leaving legacies while serving the province. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)