Hagedorn bats for unlimited term for local officials

April 29, 2013 11:42 pm 

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna April 29 -– Making his provincial campaign sorties here recently, Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn proposed for constitutional amendments to the 1987 Constitution to extend the term of office of local government executive to four years and make the term unlimited.

Hagedorn pitched for charter change if he were destined to be one of the country’s senators following the May 13 midterm elections.

The outgoing mayor of Puerto Princesa City batted to remove term limitations for local elective posts so they may seek reelection unlimited which was then allowed under the 1973 Constitution.

Hagedorn admitted the three-year term is too short for crafting, planning, budgeting and implementing the projects of local chief executives for the development and progress of their localities.

As mayor for three decades, Hagedorn said he envisioned projects during his second term but only fully accomplished them by his third term.

The senatorial bet also made reference to unlimited terms of elected officials so long as they have the mandate of the electorates like the US system.

Hagedorn also mulled for the crafting of the National Land Use Plan to serve as the mother policy to govern and set direction on land use among local government units.

He also proposed for Congress to impose a total mining ban in the country to fully protect, conserve and sustain a healthy and clean environment.

The senatorial candidate was at the Villa Arreza Resort in Barangay Pansol here for a brief stop after his entourage and motorcade barnstormed San Pedro, Laguna.

On his next leg to Santa Cruz, Laguna for a meeting with Laguna re-electionist Governor Jorge ER Ejercito Estregan, Hagedorn also called to amend some provisions in the Local Government Code of 1991 or Republic Act 7160 to be attuned to the times so that local government units can also respond to the fast-changing environment and the global challenges.

Hagedorn was accompanied by Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL)–Laguna president Dante B. Amante who is running for Vice Governor of Laguna under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and former Laguna Board Member Dave M. Almarinez who is eyeing the provincial board’s 1st District under the Nationalista Party (NP).(PNA)

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