Mayor taps council for ‘effective’ law enforcement

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose Espinosa III is giving his former colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) “executive clout” for effective enforcement of ordinances.

“The executive will be a shared responsibility, not only by the mayor. We will see to it that all leaders should be given opportunities to coordinate with executive and legislative functions,” Espinosa told City Hall beat reporters.

Espinosa, upon assuming as mayor in October 2017, created task forces and oversight committees composed of city government offices, divisions, department heads, and task forces to oversee all the projects and programs of the city government.

These task forces and committees are headed by councilors according to the committees they head in the Council.

Espinosa has so far created Task Forces Infra, Traffic, Wellness, and Oversight Committee on Women, Family and Children.

Espinosa technically heads all the task forces and committees he created but are co-chaired by SP members.

TF Traffic is co-chaired by Councilor R Leone Gerochi, head of SP committee on transportation chairperson; TF Wellness is chaired by Councilor Candice Magdalane Tupas, head of SP committee on health, sanitation and hospital services; TF Infra is co-chaired by Councilor Ely Estante, head of SP committee on engineering, construction, public works.

Councilor Liezl Joy Zulueta-Salazar heads the Oversight Committee on Women, Family and Children.

The mayor said through the “executive clout” he gave, “the Legislative now has an actual hand in the implementation of the laws they created.”

“Sometimes there are task forces that have misunderstanding because of overlapping functions; thus, with the services are affected,” he said.

He said with an “umbrella” committee, their functions are clearly delineated “because the SP members are directing them.”

But the mayor clarified that the involvement of the SP is not something new. “Even in Congress, they (congressmen) have oversight function over the laws they enacted.”

“It is also a feedback mechanism (to ensure laws are enforced),” he added.

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