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Road destruction
probe sought

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

Bacolod Councilor Dindo Ramos has authored a resolution calling on the City Legal Office to conduct an inquiry concerning the continued destruction of roads in Bacolod City that are still in good condition, and without coordination with the city government.

Ramos, chairman of the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Transportation and Traffic Management, yesterday said he is also asking the CLO to file appropriate legal action or impose appropriate sanction against the violator if the destruction of the roads is unwarranted.

He said the local government unit is mandated by the Local Government Code to protect the properties of the government, be it locally funded or nationally funded properties.

Ramos said he has observed that well-paved roads still in good condition specifically along Burgos Street leading toward Sta. Fe, and the Circumferential roads in Brgys. Villamonte and Mansilingan, are presently being destroyed purposely to replace them with newly constructed ones without proper coordination with the city.

“This has caused so much inconvenience to our constituents, not to mention the waste of government resources as serviceable roads are being indiscriminately destroyed to be replaced with newly constructed roads,” he said.

Ramos said it appears to be very illogical and irrational why the destruction of well-paved roads continues, when in fact, there are several national roads which are no longer serviceable that require immediate repair, yet these are not attended to by the concerned government agency.

Meanwhile, the SP approved a resolution last week reiterating its request for City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan to appear during the session on Wednesday to answer queries on matters of interest to the city.

Bayatan had, earlier, declined the SP’s request.

In his reply dated August 17, 2011 to a previous SP resolution, Bayatan said that while the resolution insinuates something about respect to a co-equal branch of the city government, it, however, failed to observe protocol between the executive and legislative branches by addressing such matters in the resolution directly to a department head obviously bypassing the mayor.

The resolution partakes of matters that are purely within the function of the executive department, he said.

Bayatan said that whatever may be the concern of the resolution about the manner of management, conduct, administration or handling of the official functions of any executive department head or office head, is under the domain of the city mayor and to whom the department officers or any employee in the executive department is accountable.

While the resolution speaks about “matters of interest to the city”, rest assured that the Office of the CLO or all offices in the executive department share the same concern with the legislative branch, with the executive officers maintaining their highest respect to the city mayor as the head of office, he said.*CGS

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