Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental was able to come up with many legislative measures that support plans and programs of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. because he and other members of the Love Negros Team are fulfilling his promise that they will not be obstructionists.
Eight elected board members, excluding Lacson, are affiliated with the Love Negros Team, and outnumber the four from the United Negros Alliance. Three sectoral representatives are also identified with the Love Negros Team of then gubernatorial candidate Genaro Alvarez Jr.
Lacson, who delivered a speech on his first 100 days as vice governor and presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan before the start of the session, said the SP approved 301 resolutions, four appropriation and two regular ordinances, including hard and soft projects towards the development of Negros Occidental and its people.
“I believe that maintaining a principled partnership and following the path towards critical collaboration is vital in achieving unity in plurality”, he said.
He admitted that a resolution was passed authorizing Marañon to represent the province in negotiating with the Development Bank of the Philippines for a P157 million loan for the construction of the second phase of Negros First Cyber Center, and that it was among the challenges they faced in the first 100 days of office.
He also said that with the approval of Marañon, they were able to trim down the loan and source the rest from the savings of the provincial government. The SP also approved the construction of the two-storey annex building at the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod City, for P9 million, he added.
The construction of the Negros First Cyber Center and NOHS annex building were among the issues raised against Marañon during the May 13 elections.
Lacson said they made sure that resolutions passed through the right processes.
Among the resolutions passed by the SP were the move for “One Island, One Region” for the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, and the investigation on the disparity in fuel prices between Visayas provinces and other parts of the country.
Lacson also said he has requested the SP members to schedule marathon budget hearings to ensure passage on the 2014 budget before the year ends.
Lacson said he will also pursue a program towards a “paperless Sanggunian” and take advantage of the trend in technology by sending notices, memos and even agenda for sessions through online date transmission.
He added that Negrenses will expect the continuity of educational support programs by extending financial assistance to students who are eager to earn a degree, but whose parents are incapable of supporting their college studies.
Lacson attributed the gains they have made to the cooperation of everyone.
“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a progress and working together is a success,” Lacson, said, quoting Henry Ford.*GPB