El Cid Familiaran
(L-R) Bacolod Councilor El Cid M. Familiaran, Mayor Monico Puentevella, other city officials and police officers discuss increased police visibility, among other concerns during yesterday’s Bacolod City Peace and Order Council (POC) meeting at MassKara Hall 1 of the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) yesterday.*
By James G. Toga & Clauden Mae Genanda
World champions Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Merlito ‘Tiger’ Sabillo, all from Bacolod, yesterday received a hero’s welcome at the Bacolod City Government Center after successfully defended their respective titles during the Pinoy Pride XXIII: Filipinos Kontra Latinos recently held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Nietes ended with an impressive 3rd round TKO victory over Mexican challenger Sammy "Guty" Gutierrez to keep his WBO world light flyweight belt and became second longest current Filipino word champion next to the great Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde. Meanwhile, Sabillo was able to protect his WBO minimumweight crown against Carlos Buitrago of Nicaragua via split draw with the judges scoring the fight: 115-113, 113-115 and 114-114.
WORLD CHAMPIONS Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Merlito ‘Tiger’ Sabillo (4th and 6th from left) received a hero’s welcome at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) yesterday after successfully defended their respective titles. In photo are Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (3rd from right), Jovencio Paroco (former GAB-Bacolod OIC), GAB Consultant Vic Tan, and Councilors Jun Gamba Jr. and El Cid Familiaran.*
The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City City approved the resolution authored by Councilor El Cid Familiaran urging the department heads at the city hall to strictly observe Section 361 of Government Accounting and Auditing Manual regarding regulations on the use of government motor vehicles.
He said the Manual mandates that all government motor vehicles shall be used exclusively & strict
ly for official use only, and furthermore, among others, it also states; That in every case, the trip ticket authorizing the use of the vehicle shall be displayed on the windshield or in another conspicuous place on the vehicle;” the use of government vehicles on Sundays, legal holidays, out of regular office hours or outside the route of the officials or employees authorized to use them, or any other person other than such officials or employees, shall unless properly authorized, be prima facie evidence of violation of this Section in the administrative proceeding against the officials or employees responsible for such violation; the use of government motor vehicles for private social functions such as receptions, balls, theatres, and for other personal purposes is absolutely prohibited.
Councilor El Cid Familiaran filed a proposed resolution last September 4, 2013 regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) requesting for the total subdivision cost incurred by private developers involved in Vista Alegre Relocation Site therefore clarify computation of their P9,165,000.00 contribution to the City of Bacolod.
The proposed resolution stated that "perusing the documents submitted to the SP, there is no mention of the total subdivision cost wherein the computation of the 20 percent should have been the basis, because it might be that the amount under consideration is bigger for the City’s advantage."
Familiaran’s proposal referred to Sta. Lucia Realty and Development Corp. and the Avida Land Corp. which channeled, according to law (R.A.7279), their 20 percent socialized housing requirement to the City’s Vista Alegre Relocation Site.
Councilor El Cid Familiaran of Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod resolved that Mr. Hernani Panganiban, chairman, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor should issue a public apology to the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City and other urban poor organizations.
This resolution was a result of the letter of Mr. Panganiban dated July 31, 2013, to the SP through Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya and Councilor Alex Paglumotan regarding the proposed amendment of Section 7.1 of City Ordinance 593, stating that the insertion of the Bacolod Urban Poor Council under City Ordinance 593 series of 2012, is similar to a rider in legal parlance, and "was perhaps inserted to accommodate wishers of the pressure group lobbying with the public officer." Panganiban also stated in his letter that there are some technical observations which they have noticed such as - while the ordinance created the BUPC did not provide provision for the role or function of the Council. Familiaran said such statement coming from Panganiban is unfounded, malicious, a disrespect and direct insult to the SP of Bacolod, the author and co-authors of C.O. 593 and the SP members, the urban poor federations, associations and marginalized fisherfolks federation, including the Urban Poor Desk of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Bacolod, among others. Calling them "pressure group lobbying with the public officer" is entirely unfair and uncalled for, according to Familiaran.
With the intention to strengthen campaign for clean an orderly environment, City Councilor El Cid Familiaran authored an Ordinance entitled "An Ordinance requiring CENECO, PLDT and all other Power & Communication Utilities or similar facilities to have a joint pole for their cables and electric lines". The objective of this proposed ordinance is not only to preserve the City’s aesthetic environment which hinders facade and view of the buildings, but also to put an end to the disorderliness of the poles and wirings/cabling along City streets and roads. Councilor Familiaran believes that thru passing of this local measure, this situation of cables and electrical wires that hang along City streets of Bacolod will be addressed.
By Clauden Mae Genanda
Councilor El Cid Familiaran, of the Committees on Police Security and Jail Management, and Government Assets had a committee report last week to re-introduce the Indigency Health Program ordinance due for second reading. According to him, this program was not completed successfully during his last term because it was overtaken by the election but this will resume on his second term in service.
"The Indigency Health Program is in line with the Mayor’s (Monico Puentevella) program `Monico Kabuhi Ko’ or Zero Balance Bill Link with the passage of Republic Act 10606 the Universal PhilHealth which was signed by President Noynoy Aquino last June 19," he explained.
According to him, nobody will be left behind and everybody will be registered in PhilHealth. They are on the process of identifying the beneficiaries for the national government and the local government to subsidize.
Bacolod City Councilor El Cid Familiaran was re-elected after a strong people’s mandate was given him by his constituents, he finished the polls by landing on the number 1 spot once again. Familiaran told NDB that the new term will serve as a continued challenge for him to serve the electorate of the City in the best way he can.
"This is a time to repay the people of their trust and confidence", "I have a track record of authoring various City Ordinances that has addressed and affected the people’s lives in the City of Bacolod", Familiaran added.
The No. 1 Dad also told NDB that this will be the time to review past resolutions that was left during the last terms and will review priority bills that can be passed this time.
The council is a mixture of those who belong to their respective political groups but Familiaran is hopeful that the City Council can find their way to unite for the common good of the City.
Number one councilor, El Cid Familiaran, disclosed in an interview in radio station DYRL’s "Tungkaron Ta Ini" program that the political group they had organized during the election, the Magnificent Seven was intact and that he was inclined to cooperate with the new administration under Mayor Monico Puentevella, but that if policies and programs did not redound to the interests of residents in the city, he would at the same time fiscalize the new city administration.
There were talks about the inability of the opposition councilors who were not seen at the inauguration and at the same time, birthday anniversary celebration, of the chief executive held in the afternoon of Tuesday at the public plaza, the impression being that there were political and personal disagreements with the new mayor.
In spite of his not feeling well, Familiaran said he did his best to stay at the public plaza during the inauguration ceremony, but had to take some medications because of the heat. The number one councilor who was voted upon by Bacolodnons during the election, said their group, the Magnificent Seven, was intact, and that as city government legislators they will perform their duties to the hilt.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has approved what columnist and stormy petrel Romy Niere, lately the city government whistleblower said, was but a mere largesse for 13 barangay captains who worked for the election of Mayor Evelio Leonardia to Congress, in the May 13, 2013 election, saying this was Leonardia’s promise to 13 barangays loyal to the mayor-elect. The measure passed less the votes of four Councilors including election topnotcher Elcid Familiaran who was the presiding officer.
In a digression from the City Council vote, signifying approval of the P100,000 each for the 13 barangay allocations, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor who was interviewed by NDB said, she had left the SP session hall when voting took place in pique at the fact that the legal procedures were not complied with the sponsoring councilors which should include resolutions from the particular barangay and a Memorandum of Agreement signed with the city government.
But Niere who has links with the maverick group in the Majority Grupo Progreso, a political clone of the Nationalist Peoples’ Coalition (NPC) said the approval of the budget allocation was a promise made by Leonardia after the barangay captains pledged their support to him as congressman during the election.