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City council members start talks on new setup

By LITO RULONA
Correspondent .

COUNCILOR Ian Mark Nacaya over the weekend said members of the city council have started discussions on the chairmanships and composition of the local legislature’s committees. The changes are expected next month.

“Kamulo na ang hisgot-hisgot kung kinsa ang mga chairman, kinsa ang nag-interes ani nga mga committee, kinsa ang puwede na pud nga pulihan aron mopa-ingon sa laing committee,” Nacaya said.

The city council’s majority floor leader said some councilors have already sent feelers about what committees they want to chair.

Nacaya said the Local Government Code mandates that the organization of the committees should be discussed during the first session of the new set of city council members.

He said the next city council would also need to approve its house rules, select its new officers, and name the various  committee chairpersons, vice chairpersons and members.

One of those up for grabs is the positions of the majority floor leader which is held by Nacaya.

Nacaya said a consensus must be reached before the plenary.

This early, talk has it that Nacaya may be replaced as majority floor leader either by councilors-elect Edgar Cabanlas or  Joyleen Mercedes Balaba. Of the three, Cabanlas is the most seasoned local legislator.

Balaba’s name also surfaced as among those who could chair the city council’s committee on women and family relations or the committee on social responsibility or the committee on finance, budget and appropriations.

“Naa na’y hisgot-hisgot niini apan dili kana kalikayan ilabi na niadtong Lunes nga dunay midoul kanato nga magpatabang. Duna na’y mga ngalan nga mitumaw nga gusto mohawid sa mga gi-consider nga dagko nga committees,” Nacaya said.

But he said the tradition rules is that key positions go to the the more senior and experienced members.

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