Council newbie ready for first 100 days, readies legislative agenda

May 14, 2010 8:04 pm 

ILOILO CITY, May 13 – Seven of the 12 seats in the city council are won by newcomers.

These new players in the city council are excited over their legislative agenda, now that the City Commission on Elections (Comelec) has officially proclaimed them as winners for the local posts here.

David Jamora grabbed the fourth spot in the 12 slots for the city council. He said that he will focus on environment as his main agenda once the new council takes oath on June 30.

Likewise, Jamora wants to pursue sports education for indigents and street children. He pointed out that the council should be able to discover and mold local sports heroes for the national level.

Jamora is son of former MWSS director Larry Jamora who conceded to Mayor Jerry Treñas in the congressional race for the lone district of Iloilo City. He is the lone winner among the council contenders of his party.

Edward Yee who lost in his first bid during the previous election, is also a newbie in the council. With his first public service as councilor, Yee said that he will focus on urban planning. As an engineer, Yee said that he plans to review the planning and zoning strategies of the city. He said that indigents living along crowded barangays should be given a proper place to build their homes.

He added that he is ready to work with his colleagues in the city council.

Romeo Geroche Jr., a lawyer, said that he wanted to pass a resolution urging the city to correct errors in the registry of the names for indigents. He said that he will definitely work on this law in his first months.

Other newbie in the city council are Jason Gonzales, not a relative of former DOJ-secretary Raul Gonzalez, and Plaridel Nava.

Gonzales’s platform is education, while Nava advocates pro-poor projects.

Nava managed to get a spot in the council, having won the 12th place in the voting results. Nava is the lone councilor and candidate from the newly formed La Puz district in Iloilo City.

Also new as city councilman is former broadcaster Rodel Fullon Agado. He said that his priority is to help city indigents and work with the council as one legislative body.

Meanwhile, returning councilor Jushua Alim said that he is excited to work with the new councilors. He added that it will be a pleasure to hear new ideas and legislative agendas from the young legislators. (PNA)



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