Puentevella told to nominate resident Ombud

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Monday, February 3, 2014

THE Office of the Ombudsman has written Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella last January 6 asking him to submit the names of his three recommendees for the appointment of a resident Ombudsman in the city.

This was disclosed by Councilor Jose Carlos Lopez who facilitated the move for the installation of a resident Ombudsman to help ensure good governance and compliance of laws by the local government of Bacolod.

"There is a 99 percent possibility that the Ombudsman will assign a resident Ombudsman in Bacolod City, unless the mayor does not really want it. But he has been ordered by the Ombudsman about it. The Ombudsman wrote him and he has to comply," Lopez said.


He added that the Ombudsman’s letter mentioned that it would be good to elicit the support of the City Council in choosing the resident Ombudsman.

The mayor has to provide three names of nominees, but it will be Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales who will choose from among the three who will become the resident Ombudsman of Bacolod.

"I am really pushing for it because this is good for the expeditious disposition of cases. Some people have approached me about the alleged anomalies in some local and national government agencies and offices, and this will be good if we have the resident Ombudsman,” Lopez added.

‘Give Chua a chance’

Lopez, who chairs the City Council’s committee on transportation, said that Crispin Chua, operator of the North Bound Terminal in Barangay Bata, should be given a chance to comply with the requisites of his operation.

He said that any individual deserves due process and therefore, he should be given the chance to comply.

The Office of the Building Official (OBO) had earlier reported several violations of Chua in the operations of the terminal.

Lopez said he is waiting for the submission of the reports by the OBO and the City Treasurer’s Office relative to the status of Chua’s compliance.

"I have been getting updates weekly and he (Chua) told the City Council that he already paid certain taxes and then he also complied with the transfer from single proprietorship to corporation. In fairness to Mr. Chua, he is trying his very best to comply and correct the violations. I would like to look at it in a positive light that eventually, he will be able to comply and all things will end well," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 03, 2014.

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