Legislative tracking institutionalized

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan approved Ordinance No. 111 series of 2018 institutionalizing the conduct of legislative monitoring and evaluation of ordinances and resolutions in the City Council.

The measure authored by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and all the councils said legislative monitoring and evaluation has been an effective tool to track the status of implementation and effectiveness of the statutes approved by the City Council and that results have led to the adoption of necessary amendments or new legislations to address the concerns.

"The conduct of oversight activities is a must because the Sanggunian is not only tasked to enact ordinances, to create new programs and appropriate funds for it, but also has the duty to ensure that existing programs are implemented and administered efficiently, effectively and in a manner consistent with its legislative intent," the Body noted.

"The Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Baguio has been performing legislative oversight functions such as the conduct of committee meetings/hearings; fiscal oversight during budget deliberations; and legislative monitoring and evaluation among others and after establishing the processes to be performed in the conduct of legislative monitoring and evaluation, it should institutionalize this function to guide future officials and employees of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Baguio and other local government units that intend to determine whether their approved ordinances and resolutions effectively address the needs and aspirations of their constituents."

As approved in the ordinance, the legislative monitoring task will be lodged with the Legislative Monitoring and Evaluation Section under the Research Division of the department.

The processes to be undertaken include the identification of ordinances and resolutions to be monitored and evaluated, preparation of communications, gathering of data by the concerned office, preparation and dissemination of the status report, determination of legislative action by the Vice Mayor and re-monitoring and re-evaluation of implemented effective legislations.

Status reports will be furnished the City Public Information Office under the City Mayor's Office and the Sangguniang Panlungsod information officer for information and dissemination to the general public. – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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