Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session




I have the chance to witness a Sanggunian Panlalawigan(SP) Session last January 30, 2008. It was the first Sanggunian Session I have ever witnessed. The presiding officer of the session was the Vice Governor of the province, Atty. Eliordo Ogena. At first I thought that the governor was not around for some reason that’s why the vice governor acted as the presiding officer for the mean time. But I have learned from a 4th year polsci student, who was also there, that in all the session of the Sanggunians, it is always the vice who acts as the presiding officer(except for the Sangguniang Barangay where there is no Vice Brgy. Capt.). And also I have learned from my father(and through consulting the Local Gov’t. Code) that the Vice Gov. or Vice Mayor cannot deliberate discussions and debates with the sanggunian member(during session), just facilitates the session and act as the tie breaker during votations.


The components of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan are the Board Members, the President of the Provincial Councilors’ League(PCL) President, Representative of the Barangays in the SP(ABC President), and the representative of the SK in the SP(SK Federation President of the Province). Beside the presiding officer was a woman, whom I think the head secretary/stenographer because she was taking notes of all the things that were being discussed during the session. Beside the room were bunch of other secretaries who were also taking notes. There was an area at the back where visitors and those people who wanted to witness the session sit.


The topics of there(SP) discussion were the ordinances enacted by the municipalities and city. I was not really able to hear all their deliberations and arguments because I was sitting at the back and the people in front were talking while the SP were also talking. All that I had noticed was that it’s not really that necessary for all the members of the sanggunian to speak up and draw their arguments. Some are just listening and nodding. Only few gave their opinions and comments. After discussing a certain topic where no one argues or contradicts they would proceed to another discussion.


After the session, I realized that it’s not easy to be a sanggunian member(a politician). You have to be professional enough not to loose your temper during discussions. As a legislator you have to be aware on what is happening in your community so that you can make ordnances that will promote the general welfare of the people. You also have to be a good public servant because politics is a game for keeps. All the things you've done and doing as a public servant will reflect to your name and to your family as well. And it has long time effect, it will past thru history.


Over all, witnessing a Sanggunian is such an opportunity. We were able to have an overview on how a sanggunian session is being held. I just hope that our provincial officials here in South Cotabato will be responsible enough and do their duties to serve their constituents well until they end their office.







Actually, I thought of posting this before… hehehe… nalimutan ko lang i-post. I just remember posting it when I open my USB and saw it.

13 comments:

I Love Philippines! said...

Hello Weng! You really write good. I can't seem to find any wrong.. I mean, you really write good! hehehe... Hmmm.. I have learned it back in Iloilo whe the vice is the presiding officer but of course it's a good refreshment of knowledge to read it here too. How are you? BTW, I have some favor asked of my online buddies from my current posts.. "The True Spirit of Winning"... That's the reason why I am not very "very" active in blogs these days.. may botong hinahabol. ^_^

aL|e said...

ah ganun ba... me to.. knda busy these days bcoz we have a lot of schoold requirements to do... dumadaan2 na nga lang ako dito...
anyways, good luck and Godbless..^_^

tina said...

i've never experienced or witnessed a sangguniang panlalawigan session... but from your post.. i'm sure it was quite enriching. thanks for the info. :)

tc always. :)

I Love Philippines! said...

Yes tina, it's a first hand report... parang blow-by-blow coverage if sa boxing...hehhe...

Uy Weng, when are you gonna graduate? This year na ba? Ah yes, it's near March na palanoh? Hmmm.. another school year finishing.. Yup, am sure you are all busy together with other students...

aL|e said...

hi tin! ^_^ hmmm... pwede man ka magtanaw if gusto nimo pag naa kay time sa ila na session ksi it's public nman eh.. so kahit sino pwedng makinig at manood..


rojen(tama ba?):
am reading your blog... hehehe
gonna graduate(hopefully) next year.. hehehe... super bussy nga.. actually am here sa Tampakan for a project. i'm waiting for the Parish' office na bumukas(10am pa daw ksi) kaya net na lang muna dito sa cafe. hehehe


Thank you pala sa comments people! ehehe... your comments are highly appreciated here...! Ingatz!

your doze of twinkletoe said...

Thanks for the info. As in when it comes to politics brain dead jud ko. lol! Nice post. Thanks pala for visiting my site and for commenting. :) ingat

I Love Philippines! said...

Oh My God! I just found out na whoever discovers my real name, talagang "binubuyagyag"... It's a male's name pa naman! Hahaha.. Don't call me anymore with this name Weng coz I'm supposed to be ILPT lang...hmmm..malay natin someday may strong topic ako sa blog so better no one knows my name... hehehe...ayus?

Thanks sa support of course.. Just noticed your voki pala! Gwapa man ba!

Medyo parehos aton nga hambal kay man ako pure gid nga ilonggo halin sa iloilo... naintindihan ko ang imo nga ginasiling kay tina.. pwedi na kita maka coded conversation sini...

sang ga work ko sa manila magkit-anay kami sang mga ilonggo classmates ko tanga-tanga lang mga tagalog kay man wala sila may na gets.. I hope you understood too.. but our words are related..

the brother of my lola is mindanao too...i guess around gen san...and my army tito, since serving the army have lived and got married somewhere in kidapawan.. i know nothing of mindanao ah... but i hope someday i can visit.. meet kita dayon..

Next year ka pa gali ma grad? Ti cge, damu pa nga asin gali kinahanglan kaunon before? (it's a proverb, dunno if you have the same there)hehehe...

hmmm... i hope you finish theis school year without any hussle.. just hang-on i have something to send you..

please e-mail me at aliajenxs842000@gmail.com

aL|e said...

twinkletoe:
thanks for the comment!hehehe...

hmmm.. brain dead? nah, di lang cguro ka aware..;) actually, you are engaged in politics everyday of your life..
'where there is conflict or competition there is "politics"...' however 'yong tinutukoy mo eh 'yong may presence ng mga politicians, statemen, suffrage, congress, senates, etc.,'yon nman ang highest level ng pulitika... :)



ilovephilippines:
ooopppsss.. soweeeeeee... :( secret gali to noh... hmmm.. ayus ah..

intindihanay gid ta cni eh.. hehehe
papa ko ilonggo tas ang dialect na gnagamit namon dri samon laban2 ilonggo gid.. may halo na galing na bisaya...

yeah, next year pa.. hehehe... asin gid? baw daw maalat gid na ba... hehehe

hope so... daw mabuang na gani ko sa mga school requirements.. pero kaya pa man ah.. salamat!

email kita tomorrow ha.. gumagawa ksi ako ng slide show for our presentation sa friday...

salamat liwat!

aL|e said...

additional to my reply to twinkletoe:
what you meant for politics is just the mere application of poltics in it's highest level., :) that's all.. :)

I Love Philippines! said...

nabasa ko imo nga announcement post nga sunod sini... cge concentrate lang anay...

Pure ka gid gali nga ilonggo..basi si papa mo from bacolod? or from iloilo?

Asin..kay amo na ang ginagamit nga term sang lolo ko...asin...hehehe..if one is too young fr\or something...like in tagalog "sisiw" pa lang...

anyway, cge, naagyan ko man magpalitik litk ulo, especially antes ang CPA board exam ko sang 2006..halong kag eskwela maayo ha! hehehe

aL|e said...

no, hindi ko pure ilonggo.. halo na..
hambal ni papa. ang gnhalinan gid daw sang lolo ko kay sa negros..pero cla dri na nagdako sa mindanao eh...

hmmmm... ang pagkaintindi ko nman sa "damo ka pa kaunon nga asin" kay damo ka pa agyan nga mga pangabudlay kay bata pa ko... diba alat ang asin? ang "alat" didto nagamean sang pangabudlay.. hehehe :)


salamat gali ah.. hehehe... :)
halong da permi ah!

I Love Philippines! said...

Ah. So ur father's bloodline ilonggo gd. Ur right about d asin. Its opposed to sugar nga matamis or sweet gud lyf. Broad minded ka gd ya noh? knami cmu nga pgkaanak. Bet super proud c papa mu sa imu. Actually obvious papa's girl ka! hehe. Thanx gd. Safe man d sa europe ah n super tawhay. All wd rules abi. Mis ko na ang chaotic manila! hahaha

aL|e said...

hahaha.. obviously!:) actually, we (father and i) always discuss things... politics, social issues, religion and etc... hehehe.... :)