BAGUIO CITY – The chairman of the City Council Committee on Laws, Justice and Human rights is pushing for the designation of an action officer in the special committee created by the local chief executive to aid the executive branch in acting on local concerns beneficial in improving the overall welfare of the populace.
Councilor Faustino A. Olowan, committee chairman, pointed out the action officer of the special committees will seat as the executive officer to ensure that all the scheduled plans and activities of the concerned bodies are effectively and efficiently carried out.
“The assignment of the action officer to every special committee will help in declogging the burden from the City Mayor in overseeing the implementation of the issues and concerns that are supposed to be addressed by the said committees so that what the executive will do is simply to get updates and provide the needed instructions on how the programs and projects will be undertaken,” Councilor Olowan stressed.
Among the special committees being proposed to be created, in addition to existing special bodies, include the barangay segregation committee, local inter-agency committee to work on the post-proclamation activities towards the award and titling of lots to the intended beneficiaries of proclaimed areas, city land needs identification committee for the identification, delineation and protection of lands for public purpose, task force Irisan 1 and 2 to look into the land tenurial problems of Irisan barangay residents, subdivision monitoring committee to encourage real estate developers to apply for the necessary clearance and permits prior to development to ensure conformity with existing rules, and the local zoning ordinance and land identification and swapping committee to facilitate the awarding of more than 500 land titles and certificate of land awards.
He asserted that the action officer for every special committee should be knowledgeable of the issues and concerns being brought to the committee so that recommended solutions to the problems being brought for immediate action will conform with the position of the local government on such problems.
According to him, it is best for whoever will be the next local chief executive to designate responsible individuals who will oversee the pressing issues and concerns of the city and for them to make the appropriate recommendations from where the mayor will base his actions on the most doable solution to the problems being brought to the office for immediate action.
Olowan admitted that the local government has numerous issues and concerns that have to be simultaneously addressed and the local chief executive can only do so many things at one time, thus, it is best to allow the special bodies to work on the ground and formulate the appropriate suggestions and recommendations on the needed actions to be undertaken to speed up things and ease the burden from the chief executive in dealing with such matters.
He said that the delegation of duties and responsibilities is still the best way to address as many problems as possible for the satisfaction of the people on the issues they are bringing to the attention of the local government for immediate action.
By Dexter A. See