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Wednesday, 8th July 2015
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DIVIDED HOUSE

SP votes 6-5 to probe traffic lights project

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr.

UNITED they stand, divided they vote.

The Iloilo City Council has been branded as a rubberstamp or puppet of the administration of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog simply because they belong to a single political ticket in 2013.

But the vaunted unity of the council was put asunder when they voted on the proposal to investigate the P29-million traffic lights deal during their regular session July 7.

Six councilors voted in favor of Nava’s proposal, five voted against while one abstained.

Councilor Lyndon Acap refrained from voting since his daughter heads the traffic management office and is most likely to be called to the investigation.

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Councilor sets sight on traffic lights contract

By: Lara Jeunesse I. Villaruel

ILOILO City Councilor Plaridel Nava said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is in hot water for signing a deal with the suppliers of the P29-million traffic lights sans authorization from the City Council.

Nava said they are exploring this angle after the executive department sent a copy of the contract between the City government and Triune Electronic Systems, one of the suppliers of the controversial traffic lights.

Nava said the mayor ought to have secured authorization from the council through a resolution before inking the deal.

“I asked a copy of the resolution, if there is, but the secretariat said no. Currently, I’m asking for a certification that there is no existing resolution from the city council that authorizes Mayor Mabilog to sign the contract with Triune Electronic Systems on the traffic lights,” Nava said.

The councilor said a lot of chief executives were jailed or dismissed for signing contracts sans authority from the legislative branch.

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SM City Iloilo is in partnership with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for the celebration of National Disaster Consciousness Month.

The month long celebration kicked off last July 1-7, 2012 when the Iloilo City Emergency Responders(ICER) set up an exhibit featuring the group’s up-to-date facilities ready to be used in times of disaster.

Last July 10, The Department of Health conducted a Basic Life Support, Cardio Pulmonary and First Aid demo at the Event Center which was open to all shoppers interested to learn these life saving techniques.

The lead agency of the celebration, Office of Civil Defense VI, will hold a poster making and essay writing contest on July 30 at the Event Center.

This year’s theme is “Ligtas na Bayan: Maunlad na Pamayanan”.

 

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