The Provincial Board decided on Tuesday to adjourn its regular session due to the absence of a quorum, with most of its 13 members reported to be on official travel.
After weeks of calling for early adjournments, only six members showed up at the Session Hall of the provincial legislature, prompting Vice Governor Dennis Socrates to adjourn the session anew at around 10:11am without tackling any item in its agenda.
Those present were board members Roseller Pineda, Albert Rama, Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez, Leoncio Ola, Sunny Batul and Dennis Sabando.
Pineda said the rest of the board members were attending official functions outside the Capitol.
“Some of the member of the august body ay nandoon sa mga activities at event na ‘yun. Kaya hindi natin nameet ang quorum para makapagsession,” Pineda said.
Board members Dave Francis Ponce De Leon and Prince Demaala were reportedly attending the Purungitan Festival in Cuyo and Kasadyaan Festival in Coron.
BM Cherry Pie Acosta was on official travel in Bohol while BM Marivic Roxas, Sharon Abiog-Onda, Joel Lumis and Winston Arzaga were also noted to be on official travel.
The board’s agenda for the session contained only one proposed resolution and one proposed ordinance. This included a resolution authored by Rama supporting House Bill No. 4580 or “An act creating a body corporate to be known as a Western Philippines Medical Center and for other purposes.”
Another resolution, filed by Ola, calls for an ordinance “Authorizing Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez to reprogram an amount of some P2 milion for community assistance to the government’s Public Welfare Program. “
The body was also supposed to tackle a report of the environmental protection and natural resources committee, the endorsement of certain Roger Taladtad for renewal a sand and gravel permit, and the request to download to the respective Barangays and Local Government of Quezon the shares collected from the penalties and permits of mining operators and companies.
Reporters covering the legislative sessions observed that recent Provincial Board meetings were being adjourned before noontime, usually starting at 9AM.
“But before they adjourned, they would go into repeated recess,” said one reporter who asked not to be identified.
Socrates said the reading of the filed resolution and ordinance will be on next Tuesday, with most of the board members expected to be present.
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