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Acting Gov. Baby won’t hire and fire Capitol employees

Posted in davao norte vice gov. victorio suaybaguio jr with tags on December 25, 2010 by cha monforte

Oct 28-nov 3, 2010

Even if he has power

Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio Jr said that he still would not hire or fire Capitol employees even he is given a power on this by operations of law.

The vice governor said that out of respect and in deference of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario he should take this position unless otherwise the governor gives the go signal to hire new employees or suspend or dismiss erring employees.

Suaybaguio commented when asked on the matter given that the end of the 30-day period for him to be not allowed to do so as acting governor under the local government code is already near.

Suaybaguio became the acting governor when the governor flew out from the country last October 6.

Section 48 of the local government code provides that the sitting vice governor would automatically assume as acting governor whenever the governor is out of the country and within 30 days from his date of assumption the acting governor has all the powers of the governor except to hire and fire employees.

A Valley & City Chronicle source said the governor will be coming home middle of November, thus expected beyond November 6,  the end of the 30-day period of the lack of power of the acting governor to hire and fire.

The governor is taking his second travel this year in California, United States to be with his son District 1 Congressman Anthony del Rosario who reportedly had succesfully received the stem cell transplant, a transplant involving bone marrow, after he had his initial chemotherapy treatments at the internationally known cancer specialty hospital, the Stanford Cancer Center.

The governor first went to the US last August 14 to Sept. 12 to visit his ailing son.

The congressman, who is on official leave of absence from Congress since before the first day of work of May-elected congressmen, is reportedly now cancer-free.

Suaybaguio has been much talked about his possible assumption next year as a regular governor if Gov. Del Rosario would be appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as a Cabinet member.

The President dropped hints about taking the governor in his Cabinet when he visited Sto. Tomas town last month.

Pundits said that the President might be needing the expertise of the governor in dealing with the controversial Hacienda Luicita case which involves vast tracts of land similar to the case of the peaceful Tadeco which the governor had once managed and protected for a quite long time before until 2007. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)



NEWS: “Anti-Urban Poor” Ordinance reaches SP

Posted in boardmember artemio san juan, boardmember roger israel, davao norte vice gov. victorio suaybaguio jr, tagum, tagum city with tags , , , , , , on November 1, 2008 by cha monforte

Legislation seeks to defer approval

of urban poor housing for 5 years

oct 28

TAGUM CITY – Two weeks after the controversial Purok Ordinance of the City Hall was unanimously junked by Davao del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan, another city ordinance considered by several quarters here as ”contentious” and critics as “anti-urban poor” reached yesterday at the provincial board in its 48th regular session.

Vice Governor Victorio “Baby” Suaybaguio immediately referred City Council Ordinance No. 320 to the SP committee on human settlements, planning and development chaired by Boardmember Roger Israel as the lead committee and to the committee on laws, resolutions, ordinance and justice chaired by Boardmember Artemio San Juan.

Dubbed by critics as “Anti-Urban Poor Ordinance”, the new legislation reaching the provincial board, which recently smarted from its act of finally junking the controversial Purok Ordinance, is seeking to defer for a period of five years the issuance of accreditation and approval of permits and other requirements by the City Hall for urban poor subdivision housing projects.

It appeared to have been passed at the city council without much fuss, and suddenly it reached at the SP secretariat last October 22.

It was authored and pushed by Councilor Nicandro “Nickel” Suaybaguio as initiated by the city executive department. He is a nephew of the presiding vice governor.

But the young Suaybaguio,  in a phone interview yesterday, said that the city council had passed it in two sessions, the first one of which was followed by a public hearing attended by representatives of shelter agencies and the affected sectors.

He said that his measure was approved by the city council last September 22 and that for a month it was at the city council secretariat which had worked on its long minutes and proceedings.

Yesterday, urban poor leader Gregorio “Loloy” Ibanez said in text message that Suaybaguio’s ordinance “is anti-urban poor for being contrary to the Urban Development and Housing Act (UDHA) and executive order of the Dept. of Interior and Local Government and to the policy of the Presidential Commission of the Urban Poor (PCUP)”.

He vowed that he himself will make a petition to oppose it at the SP level.

Ibanez is the executive director of the Davao del Norte Urban Poor Foundation, Inc. He is also the president of the Davao del Norte Press. Radio and TV Club.

Earlier, in one report of a weekly paper, District 1 Congressman Arrel Olano branded as “anti poor” the ordinance that would evidently stop him from carrying out land acquisition projects for the urban poor which he has been funding out from a congressional fund.

Sidlak clarified also with Vice Mayor Allan Rellon an earlier report that the urban poor ordinance would have still to be fully sponsored by Suaybaguio saying that he was confused on the question posed to him by the media adding that it mixed up with the preoccupation of the city council of also formulating a revised comprehensive ordinance on the city’s land use.

Earlier also, Vice Gov. Suaybaguio said he would not inhibit from the deliberations on the ordinance authored and pushed by his nephew, adding that the rule of the majority would prevail  He presided when the Purok Ordinance was unanimously junked by his boardmembers.

The urban poor ordinance has invoked the ground that that urban poor subdivisions and informal settlements in the city are not livable due to inadequacies of basic community facilities and services such as road, water, electricity and have low occupancy rate.

The young Suaybaguio earlier said that the deferment could be “automatically lifted” if a high occupancy rate of existing urban poor housing projects could be attained.

He also said that several existing urban housing projects whose requirements are on process are included in the exemption clause of the ordinance.

But critics also charged that the ordinance is “a class legislation” saying that it favored the rich subdivision developers and would stop informal housing for the poor in the city like the Habitat and the Gawad Kalinga projects initiated by the religious.

They said that the urban poor housing projects instead contributed to solve the city’s acute housing backlog of at least 28,000 families per projection of the City Comprehensive and Development Plan (2001-2010). (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)