ILOILO City – The transition team of Mayor-elect Jerry Treñas already received voluminous city documents from outgoing mayor Jose Espinosa III’s administration.
Both camps met at the Iloilo City Penthouse last Friday. Outgoing city administrator Atty. Hernando Galvez presided the meeting with Treñas’ incoming chief of staff Jonas Bellosillo and incoming city administrator Melchor Tan.
Galvez turned over various documents to Tan, including the 2018 Governance Assessment Report; 2018 Commission on Audit Report; Contract and Loan Agreements; Comprehensive Development Plan; Local Development Plan; 2019 Annual Investment Plan; Comprehensive Land Use or Physical Framework Plan; Capability Development Plan; Executive-Legislative Agenda; organizational structure; inventory of personnel by nature of appointments; executive orders; and full disclosure policy documents.
The full disclosure policy documents consist of the 2019 Annual Budget; 2018 Statement of Debt Service; 2018 Statement of Receipts and Expenditures; 2019 Annual Procurement Plan; 2018 Annual GAD Plan Accomplishment Report; Statement of Cash Flow, Bid Results on Civil Works, Good and Services, and Consulting Services (2019 1st quarter); Report on Special Education Fund Utilization (2019 1st quarter); Trust Fund Utilization (2019 1st quarter); Manpower Complement (2019 1st quarter); Unliquidated Cash Advances (2010 1st quarter); Supplemental Procurement Plan (2019 1st quarter); 20-percent Component of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) Utilization (2019 1st quarter); and Report on Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund Utilization (1st quarter).
Also transmitted were the accomplishment reports of different department and offices of the city government.
After the May 13, 2019 midterm elections, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum Circular No. 2019-39, which required the creation of local governance transition teams chaired by local chief executives.
The vice chairpersons for these transition teams must be elected through simple majority vote by the team members.
The tasks of the transition team include the conduct of an inventory of properties of the local government unit (LGU), securing all official documents and records of LGU transactions, and briefing on the key challenges for the incoming set of officials for a seamless leadership and management transition.
The members of the team are department heads of the LGU and a DILG representative – such as the DILG provincial director for provincial governments, DILG city director for city governments, and DILG municipal local government operations officer for municipal governments.
The team must also include one representative from a civil society organization or people’s organization.
“Happy kita…We faithfully complied kon ano ang ginarequire sa aton and I believe ang ina nga mga documents would clear nga ang tanan naton nga mga transactions are proper,” said Galvez at the sidelines of the transition meeting.
Tan, for his part, said he will first turn over the documents to Treñas for scrutiny.
“First is i-turn over ko ni kay incoming Mayor Jerry Trenas para makita ni kon ano nga mga documents. Kon ako lang ni isa indi ko matapos…para ma-assign ‘ya para kay sin–o ni. I think that it would be best nga bululigan ni namon,” said Tan.
Tan noted that they already started checking some documents, like the IRA.
But what will happen to late procurement and deliveries of the current administration?
“Wala pa man kami ka-discuss sina if what will happen. Well, siguro kon wala man lang problem, we might go on with it pero I cannot say. That will depend entirely with the incoming mayor,” said Tan.
When asked how he would summarize the overall performance of Espinosa’s administration, Galvez said: “Isa sa nangin effective sa iya ang madasig kag epektibo nga delivery sang basic services. He focused on peace and order of the city, delivery of basic services and nangin transparent man kita sa tanan nga bagay. As a matter of fact, sia man ang nangin mayor who directed nga executive order shall be furnished to Office of the President in compliance with law.”/PN