LOCAL LEGISLATIVE AWARD
    AC council top in CL, finalist in nat’l level

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    Mayor Pamintuan and the members of the city’s 15th Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) headed by Vice Mayor Vega-Cabigting formally receive on Tuesday, the regional most outstanding local legislative award from the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

    Photo courtesy of Angeles CIO

    ANGELES CITY – “This award is a product of Mayor Ed’s slogan and rallying call: Abe-Abe, Saup-Saup, Agyu Tamu.”

    Thus, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Kabigting gave full credit to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan’s administration for the Award of Excellence, 2012 Local Legislative Award (Highly Urbanized Cities Category) bestowed on the city council by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

    By topping the regional level, the Angeles City council is now a finalist in the national search for the most outstanding legislative body.

    “To date, we are one of the finalists to the national local legislative award,” happily announced Vega-Cabigting in her opening remarks at the recognition rites for the regional award timed with the launch of legislative tracking at the session hall.

    Last year, the Angeles City council was also conferred the same award by the DILG.

    At the awarding ceremonies, Pamintuan lauded all the members of the city council for a job well done and encouraged them to continue their exemplary work for improving the life of all Angeleños through the prompt passage of important and pertinent legislation.

    “All of these awards stand as proof that we are fulfilling our contract with the Angeleños. We will not stop here. We still have many things to do for the city,” Pamintuan explained.

    The city under Pamintuan has been receiving accolades from various government agencies and private sector organizations including the Seal of Good Housekeeping and the regional best PESO (Public Employment Service Office), among others.

    Pamintuan himself was eighth in the 2012 World Mayor Prize.  

    In an earlier statement, DILG regional director Florida Dijan said the criteria used in the selection comprised “effectiveness of legislative agenda, efficiency, legislative management and tracking system, availability of legislative documents and the quality and set-up of the legislative office.”

    Even as Vega-Cabigting thanked the DILG for the signal recognition, she dedicated the award to the all barangay officials, private and non-government organizations “that have been strong partners of the city council in crafting the most appropriate legislations for the well-being of the Angelenos.”

    “I’m truly humbled by this award because it serves as a reminder that even as the presiding officer, this award is not solely mine but shared by all members of the SP and the whole city government,” Vega-Cabigting said.
     
    Legislative Tracking System

    Formally launched during the awarding rites was the city’s legislative management and tracking system which will “store, monitor and track ordinances and resolutions taken-up, proposed and approved” by the members of the city council.

    Pamintuan said the system will prove the dynamism of the local government in “equipping itself with new technology to make its services even more efficient.”

    “With the system, we are taking another bold step into making the local government and the city council’s work more transparent and more accessible than ever,” the mayor said.

    The system is being developed by the Lexsys Technologies Incorporated, a known provider of integrated management information system (MIS) solutions in the Philippines.

    “Information is power and with this system we are giving the citizen of Angeles the power to access information that would help them communicate and interact with the local government,” Lexsys representative Marietta Dacanay said.

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