The Ombudsman for the Visayas has asked Mayor Monico Puentevella to initiate the involvement of the City Council in the selection of a resident ombudsman for Bacolod City.
The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod approved Wednesday a resolution authored by Lopez, enjoining the City Mayor to allow the SP to nominate a candidate to the position of resident ombudsman.
In his letter dated Jan. 10 to Puentevella, Ombudsman Pelagio Apostol said the Office wishes to start the year with a more intensified thrust in the promotion of integrity and good governance in all sectors of society.
The Office cannot do it alone and needs the support and involvement of all sectors in the herculean task of ridding the government of corruption.
Thus, the designation of a resident ombudsman in government agencies and local government units is institutionalized, he said.
For the resident ombudsman program to be more effective and reliable, he said, Mayor should initiate the involvement of the City Council as suggested by Councilor Carlos Jose Lopez, he said.
Meanwhile, Lopez, SP chairman of the Committee on Tourism, held a committee hearing concerning the BacoLaodiat Festival on Jan. 10, where it was agreed that partial road closure will be implemented from 4th to 22nd-Lacson streets on Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 starting 2 p.m. and full road closure starting 4 p.m.
Lopez said it was also agreed that road closure will be implemented at the North Capitol Road and a portion of Aguinaldo from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.
On Jan. 30, there will be road closure at 21st and 22nd – Lacson streets and between 21st and 22nd - Aguinaldo streets from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.. that will serve as standby area for the participants in the grand parade, he said.*CGS