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Masbate BM Arevalo says SP to hold electronic sessions

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Masbate Senior Board Member Jason Arevalo said that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will continue to hold its session through electronic means to tackle matters related to coronavirus disease 2019.

He explained that given the circumstances, it becomes necessary to hold sessions in order to aid Gov. Antonio Kho amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.

“Upon instruction from our Hon. Vice Gov. Ara Olga Kho and after an astute and incisive study and telephonic deliberations, the people of Masbate and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan are hereby informed that the Office will be open albeit electronically to aid Hon. Gov. Antonio Kho and the provincial government to adequately and responsibly respond to the exigencies of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Arevalo said.

“On the pretext of the greater interest of the people being the highest law, and in view of the temporary proscription on public assemblies and the need for social distancing and the temporary restraint on travel within the province and out of it, an online or electronic session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Masbate becomes a matter of course and necessity” he added.

Arevalo, who also serves as the SP majority leader, said that only legislative matters related to the Covid 19 pandemic will be calendared for electronic deliberation and approval, “or such other matters that will facilitate executive action geared at controlling or mitigating the economic, social and public health impact of the pandemic.”

With this, he instructed the Secretariat of the SP, through Asst. Secretary Salvacion Merioles, to do the following,

1. Inform the Board Members of these electronic sessions and the suspension of the rules on physical presence and on the usual passage of proposed legislations.

2. Inform them of the extent and limits of the legislative matters that can be calendared and presented for electronic discussion.

3. In case of approval of a particular legislative piece, the Secretariat is enjoined to keep screenshots of the text or online accession of the individual members of the SP and attach certified true copies of such to the resolution so approved.

4. At such time and date the Provincial Board can physically convene, to have the agreeing members sign the resolutions approved during the electronic sessions.

5. Resolutions so approved via electronic sessions will bear the names of the approving members with the word “Sgd.” before their names if they have approved of the proposed resolution.

6. In no instance will a proposed legislation be approved unless the required majority of “all” the members of the SP is obtained.

7. Furnish copies of this to the Office of the Governor, the Provincial Health Office, and other departments for their perusal and guidance

“Under the stewardship of the Vice Governor, public service cannot halt to a grind. Tuloy Po and servisyo. Para sa Diyos at Bayan,” he said,