ILOILO, (PNA) — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo, presided by Vice Gov. Raul Tupas, has started bringing itself closer to the public by conducting its regular session out of town once every month.
Tupas said this initiative started last month when one of their sessions was held in Concepcion town.
On Thursday, the SP held its session in Damires Hills, a premier inland resort in Janiuay town.
“We are doing this to strengthen our interpersonal relationship with municipal and city councils in the province,” he said.
“This is also one way for us to consult the municipal or city councils of their problems and how we can be of help to them.”
Before the session was called to order, Janiuay Mayor Frankie Locsin shared to the Provincial Board the ongoing efforts of the local government unit to convert the first-class town into a component city.
Locsin also disclosed that the Asian Development Bank has started conducting a feasibility study for the proposed sanitary landfill in Barangay Karawdan, Janiuay.
The project includes a waste-to-energy plant that is estimated to cost US$ 7.5 million.
Locsin also took the opportunity to ask the Provincial Board’s assistance to construct a two-storey building for their session hall and municipal social welfare and development office.
A total of P100,000 was requested from each provincial board member while P200,000 from the Office of the Vice Governor.
As of Wednesday, only Third District Board Member Emmanuel Gallar and Liga ng Mga Barangay president Jeneda Salcedo-Orendain committed to donate funds to Janiuay.