Beltran, Dinlayan top attendance in SP regular sessions

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/02 January) Second district board members Nemesio Beltran Jr. and Manuel Dinlayan Sr.  tied in top place among those who have the most number of attendance to sessions of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in 2011, according to a report from the SP Secretary.

Both board members who are residents here were present 42 times of the 43 regular and special sessions of the SP last year. The SP held only one special session in 2011.

1st district board member Jay Albarece and another second district board member Ranulfo Pepito, both on their first terms in the SP, followed with 40 sessions each.

SP presiding officer Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. attended 38 of the 43 sessions. After him are 3rd district board members Alfeo Baguio and Marivic Montesclaros. Each attended 37 sessions.

For the others, board member Rogelio Lago (1st district) attended 36, Gordon Torres( 3rd district), 35; Clive Quino (1st district), 34; Roelito Gawilan (Federation of Association of Barangay Chairpersons), 33; Raiza Angelique Porminal (Sangguniang Kabataan), 33; Rene Centillas (2nd district), 31; and Roland Deticio (Provincial Councilor’s League), 29.
Board member Deticio, also a member of the Malaybalay City council, which holds sessions every Tuesday, has 13 absences attributed to “official business” or “official time.” Board member Centillas, previously a Valencia City councilor, was absent once on official business, but was “absent/on leave” for 10 times, according to the list from the official records of the SP.

Among those who came late for the sessions, at least based on the Secretary’s record upon roll call, included board members Albarece (twice), Beltran (twice), Centillas (once), Deticio (once), and Gawilan (thrice).

The report on attendance was gathered from January to December 7.

Attendance in the sessions, especially in the afternoons, was a special concern at the SP at the earlier part of 2011 as it was in 2010. The concern prompted board member Pepito to raise the issue in one of the sessions in September. The SP secretariat now checks attendance separately for the morning and afternoon sessions.

There was also a plan to create an ethics committee to tackle concerns on the board members but it was shelved off. Concerns on the board members at present belonged to the tasks of the board’s rules committee. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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