“It’s another history for us!”- BM Aala in welcoming Datu Pandian to the SP

aug 7-13, 2013

The amiable and sometimes thunderous Board Member Shirley Belen Aala profusely welcomed the entry of Datu Victor Pandian as new member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in last Monday’s session with words, “It’s historic, it’s memorable day for us, all the adjectives are for you, you’ll be learning many things from us as we can also learn many things from you, your culture and tradition.”
“Welcome! It’s another history for all of us!” she added.
BM Aala described it was not “bakikaw” (awkward) that the IP mandatory representative for the Talaingod sanggunian sit ahead of the IP representative Pandian in the SP in reaction to an earlier statement of Board Member Joey Millan.
She also reacted that Datu Padian should also be given the option to wear barong tagalog in reaction to the proposal of Millan to amend the dress code in the SP’s Internal Rules of Procedure with the entry of the IP representative who wore a tribal attire when he took an oath anew for the SP last Monday.
Millan shortly after the Padian’s oathtaking administered by Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr informed the body on the need to revise their rules considering that the new IP representation affected the IPR’s provisions on the SP’s composition, chairmanships and vice chairmanships. composition of committees and the dress code.
Vice Gov. Suaybaguio and other board members also welcomed Pandian.
Padian has his first oath-taking administered by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario last Wednesday, July 31.
Tagum City’s IP representative Datu Rudy Onlos also took oath last Thursday.
At press time, the SP has a total of 28 committees including the committee of the whole.
With Pandian’s ex-officio membership, the SP has now 14 members, for 10 regular members (5 each for District 1 and District 2) and the FABC representative, PCL representatative and SK representative as the other 3 ex-officio members.
Pandian said in an interview with the Valley & City Chronicle said that he was once a barangay councilor of Barangay New Balamban, and the provincial tribal council president. He belongs to Mansaka tribe. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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