Sunday, September 18, 2011

Senators urged to support proposed law that will benefit council members

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) - Senate President Pro Tempore Jose Ejercito Jr has urged fellow senators to support his Senate Bill 2946 which confers civil service eligibility upon members of municipal and city councilors and provincial board members.

In the bill’s explanatory note, Ejercito cited that the Local Government Code of 1991 actually grants appropriate civil service eligibility on the basis of the number of years of service to the Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Baranggay and other barangay officers, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Civil Service Commission.

The Philippine Councilors League composed of more than 16,000 city and municipal councilors nationwide through its National President Councilor Ronald Carcellar (Poro, Cebu) had earlier expressed full support to the bill.

“It is but fitting that elected members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Panlungsod at Panlalawigan, who are carrying out broader and extensive duties and responsibilities, be granted the same eligibility privilege,” Ejercito said.

Once enacted into law, it shall cover all members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod at Sangguniang Panlalawigan who have been elected after the enactment of the Local Government Code of 1991.

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